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After Paul Sorvino’s death, fans remember his emotional reaction to Mira’s '96 Oscar speech

Paul Sorvino died with his wife, Dee Dee Sorvino, by his side on Monday, July 25, at the age of 83.
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Mira Sorvino is mourning the loss of her father, actor Paul Sorvino, after he died Monday at the age of 83.

And now, in the wake of that sad news, fans of both generations of Sorvinos are taking to social media and sharing their appreciation for a tender moment that took place between the two at the 68th Academy Awards in 1996.

It happened when the "Mighty Aphrodite" star accepted her first and only Oscar for her role in the Woody Allen film.

"One of my fav Oscar moments was when Mira Sorvino won Best Supporting Actress for Mighty Aphrodite and took a moment (to) thank her father, Paul Sorvino, who was visually moved," one fan tweeted of the tender Hollywood moment. "Mira, a Harvard graduate, showing what a humble person her parents raised."

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Paul Sorvino embraces his daughter Mira at the New York City premiere of her film "Mighty Aphrodite."Robin Platzer / Getty Images

She did that by capping off her acceptance speech saying, "When you give me this award, you honor my father, Paul Sorvino, who has taught me everything I know about acting."

As soon as she said that, the camera in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion cut to her dad in the audience, who suddenly choked up and covered his face with his hands.

While the camera stayed on the emotional senior Sorvino, his daughter's voice broke as she added, "I love you very much, dad.”

She maintained that steadfast devotion to her dad throughout the years, and shortly after news broke about the “Goodfellas” star’s death Monday, she penned a touching tribute to him on Twitter.

“My father the great Paul Sorvino has passed,” she began. “My heart is rent asunder- a life of love and joy and wisdom with him is over. He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much.”

At the end of her tweet, she wrote, “I’m sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend.”

On Instagram, the actor simply shared a black square as a response to the heartbreaking news. Her comment section was filled with sweet messages from friends and fans offering their condolences.

Mira Sorvino had previously wished her father a happy birthday on Twitter in April.

At the time she wrote, “A very Happy Birthday to my father Paul Sorvino. I miss you so much and hope to be together in person very soon!”

Her post included a throwback black-and-white photo of her as a child giving her dad a kiss on the cheek. 

As the daughter of an established actor, Sorvino has frequently spoken about how her father has impacted her acting career.

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Actor Paul Sorvino and daughter Mira Sorvino arrive at the Capitol File holiday issue party on Nov. 27, 2007, at The Park at Fourteenth in Washington, DC.Nancy Ostertag / Getty Images

In a 2018 video interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mira Sorvino revealed that her father initially wanted her to choose any profession besides acting.

“He said, ‘Acting should be a singular obsession, and if you wanted to do anything equally, you should do the other thing,’” she explained at the time.

She told the publication that while taking a course at the International Center of Photography she realized acting was the way she wanted to express herself. 

“It came to me so clearly and strongly that I went and told him,” she recalled. “He was like, ‘Well, then I give you my blessing.’”

On Monday, Paul Sorvino’s publicist confirmed the actor’s death in a statement obtained by TODAY. 

“Sorvino passed from natural causes and had dealt with health issues over the past few years,” the statement read.

The statement also said that the “Godfather of Harlem” star died with his wife, Dee Dee Sorvino, by his side.