The HFPA joins Hollywood and the rest of the world in mourning the death of Robin Williams, the beloved actor-comedian who was nominated eleven times for Golden Globes and won four, plus the Cecil B. deMille Award for his contributions to the entertainment industry.
Among all the tributes pouring in, here is one from a young fan, 12 year old Kaya Callahan, who spontaneously penned this heartfelt eulogy to Robin Williams for us – remembering him by her favorite movies:
When you hear his name, the first thing that comes to my mind is timeless’. In 25 years I could show my kids Aladdin and it would still be an amazing movie because without the genie there would be no Aladdin, it would just be this sad boy who had dreams that nobody cared about.
Mrs. Doubtfire: a movie that showed kids that family is the most important thing in life, and even if a family does break apart, love doesn't end it just changes.
Jumanji: life is like a game, you can choose a card that will bring luck and happiness but you can also choose a card that will give you nothing but anger and sadness. It's all about your attitude when you play the game - whether it's in the past or future, it's your choice to decide the present and the future of your life.
And one of my favorite movies of his was Peter Pan. It's about how everyone wishes to stay young and to not have time pass you by or even have the future cross your mind. All the lost boys just wanting to have fun and never growing up - which is the reason we all loved Mr. Williams' real personality.
So when I think about it, all my favorite movies of his were about time. How in life there isn't a redo or start over button. Or how people die and how another life is given. The one thing people wish they had more of is time. Time to talk, sleep, to be with someone, to love, and to live life. And when we make mistakes we can't go back, we have to fix them in the present so that the future will be better. So we should live everyday like it's our last, because we don't have time to regret, only to remember. So sad to me that he made so many people happy but couldn't make himself happy. Robin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Genie, and Peter, we will miss you but never forget you. You will always be in our hearts and memories.
Follow Kaya on twitter: @kayacallahan