The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present several film personalities with honorary Oscars in November: director Peter Weir, composer Diane Warren and filmmaker Euzhan Palcy. Actor Michael J. Fox will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (also an Oscar statuette). Academy President David Rubin said these Oscars would celebrate the recipients’ “indelible contributions to film and the world at large”. The awards will be presented at the 13th Academy Governors Awards on Nov. 19 in Los Angeles.
Fox, who starred in the hit sitcoms ‘Family Ties’ and ‘Spin City’, has appeared in such well-known films as ‘Doc Hollywood’, ‘The President of the United States’ and the iconic ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy. His honors include five Emmy Awards, two SAGs and a Grammy Award.
fox was diagnosed with early-stage Parkinson’s disease after showing symptoms during the production of “Doc Hollywood” in 1991 when he was just 29. He established the Michael J. Fox Foundation, whose work has included the Parkinson’s Disease Progression Markers Initiativean effort that includes 33 clinical sites in 11 countries and 1,400 participants, according to the foundation’s website.
The academy says the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is given “to a person in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought honor to the industry.”
In a statement, Rubin said, “Michael J. Fox’s tireless advocacy for Parkinson’s disease research, along with his boundless optimism, exemplifies the impact of one person changing the future of millions. of people.”
The academy describes the honorary award, given to Weir, Warren and Palcy, as honoring “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, outstanding contributions to the state of the motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service at the Academy”.
Among Australian director Weir’s highly regarded works are the Oscar-nominated films ‘Witness’, ‘Green Card’, ‘Dead Poets Society’, ‘The Truman Show’ and ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’. He became a leading figure in the Australian New Wave movement in the 70s with ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, ‘The Last Wave’, ‘Gallipoli’ and ‘The Year of Living Dangerously’. He personally received six Oscar nominations.
Rubin’s statement said, “Peter Weir is a director of consummate artistic skill and talent whose work reminds us of the power of film to reveal the full range of human experience.”
Warren is one of the best-known contemporary film songwriters, having racked up 13 Oscar nominations (so far with no Original Song wins) to go along with her Grammy and Emmy awards, nine Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s. and the feat of being the first person to record seven songs simultaneously, each with different artists. Among his Oscar-nominated works“I don’t want to miss anything”, “How should I live”, “Because you loved me” and “Nothing will stop us now”.
Rubin’s statement said of the composer, “Diane Warren’s music and lyrics have amplified the emotional impact of countless films and inspired generations of musical artists.”
Palcy is a Caesar filmmaker from Martinique, French West Indies. She won the César for best first film for her debut, “Sugar Cane Alley” (1983). She was honored several times at the Venice Film Festival, including winning the Silver Lion for “Sugar Cane Alley” and received the Sojourner Truth Award at Cannes in 2001. In the eyes of American audiences, she is best known for writing and directing “A Dry White Season,” starring Donald Sutherland, Susan Sarandon – and Marlon Brando. Brando is said to have worked on the film on a large scale, coming out of retirement to star in the anti-apartheid film.
Rubin said, “Euzhan Palcy is a pioneering filmmaker whose groundbreaking significance in international cinema is cemented in film history.”
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