Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman receives Governors Award
LOS ANGELES » Frederick Wiseman is not a Hollywood guy. The filmmaker has been quietly making documentaries from his home base in Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 1967, exploring such subjects as meat production, welfare, a ski town and a hospital for the criminally insane.
Though none of his films received Academy Awards bids, Wiseman accepted an honorary Oscar Saturday at the film academy’s eighth annual Governors Awards.
“I’m very pleased. It was a big surprise,” Wiseman said during a recent interview from Paris, where he is finishing his latest film. “The kind of thing I do is really not done in Hollywood. And I’m quite content to pursue my career from my home in Cambridge.”
His next film (his 44th) is about the New York Public Library.
In this Aug. 15, 2014, photo, a woman stops to look at a makeshift memorial for actor Robin Williams outside a home which was used in the filming of the movie “Mrs. Doubtfire” in San Francisco.