Stars Row­lands, Lee and Reynolds set to get honorary Os­cars

The China Post - - ARTS -

Spike Lee, Gena Row­lands and Deb­bie Reynolds are the sea­son’s first Os­car win­ners.

The Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences an­nounced Thurs­day that the film­maker and two ac­tresses will re­ceive honorary Academy Awards Nov. 14 at its an­nual Gover­nors Awards cer­e­mony in Hol­ly­wood.

Academy mem­bers dis­cuss po­ten­tial hon­orees through­out the year, said academy pres­i­dent Ch­eryl Boone Isaacs, and the board of gover­nors chooses the re­cip­i­ents.

“It’s one of the most ex­cit­ing meet­ings of the year be­cause it’s filled with a lot of pas­sion,” she said in an in­ter­view Thurs­day. “They are re­spond­ing to the fact that the academy is rec­og­niz­ing tal­ent in front of and be­hind the cam­era that has been so in­stru­men­tal in this busi­ness.”

Lee and Row­lands will re­ceive honorary Os­cars for their ca­reer achieve­ments. Reynolds will ac­cept the Jean Her­sholt Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award.

Isaacs called each of the re­cip­i­ents to in­form them of their awards. She said Lee re­sponded by say­ing, “Get outta here!”

The in­de­pen­dent film­maker and teacher at New York Univer­sity has two Os­car nom­i­na­tions: Orig­i­nal screen­play for 1989’ s “Do the Right Thing” and doc­u­men­tary fea­ture for 1997’s “4 Lit­tle Girls.”

Row­lands also has two Os­car nods: Lead ac­tress in 1974’s “A Woman Un­der the In­flu­ence” and 1980’s “Glo­ria.”

Reynolds, a best ac­tress Os­car nom­i­nee for 1964’s “The Unsink­able Molly Brown,” is be­ing rec­og­nized for more than 50 years of work pro­mot­ing aware­ness and treat­ment of men­tal health is­sues.

Isaacs called the ac­tress “a true Amer­i­can star.”

“What is also spe­cial about her is with all of her fame through stage and tele­vi­sion and cer­tainly as a film ac­tress, how much of her time she has put forth to bet­ter other peo­ple’s lives,” Isaacs said. “We thought it was so im­por­tant to rec­og­nize that she has been at the fore­front of the men­tal health is­sue for such a long time.”

The awards will be pre­sented at a pri­vate, un­tele­vised din­ner cer­e­mony at Hol­ly­wood & High­land.

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