Hon­orary Os­cars go­ing to Bur­nett, Sutherland, more

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The Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences has once again de­cided to use its hon­orary Os­cars to em­pha­size in­clu­sion, an­nounc­ing that stat­uettes would go to Agnès Varda, a French New Wave direc­tor, and Charles Bur­nett, an in­de­pen­dent film­maker known for his por­trayal of the African Amer­i­can ex­pe­ri­ence. Join­ing Varda and Bur­nett at the academy’s Gover­nors Awards on Nov. 11 will be the ac­tor Don­ald Sutherland and Owen Roiz­man, a cin­e­matog­ra­pher whose cred­its in­clude “The Ex­or­cist” and “Network.” The academy’s 54-mem­ber board, which rep­re­sents about 8,400 mem­bers, picked the re­cip­i­ents in a vote this week. John Bai­ley, the academy’s pres­i­dent, said in a state­ment that the awards “re­flect the breadth of in­ter­na­tional, in­de­pen­dent and main­stream film­mak­ing and are trib­utes to four great artists whose work em­bod­ies the di­ver­sity of our shared hu­man­ity.” The academy chose not to be­stow hon­orary Os­cars ded­i­cated to phi­lan­thropy and pro­duc­ing, both of which are given in­ter­mit­tently. The Jean Her­sholt Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award was last given to Deb­bie Reynolds in 2015. The academy’s Irv­ing G. Thal­berg Me­mo­rial Award for pro­duc­ing last went to Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola in 2010. The Gover­nors Awards, which are not tele­vised, take place over din­ner in a ball­room in Los An­ge­les’ Hol­ly­wood & High­land shop­ping com­plex. The at­tire is for­mal, but the at­mos­phere is not. Al­co­hol flows freely. Pre­sen­ters oc­ca­sion­ally use salty lan­guage. Din­ners go un­eaten be­cause at­ten­dees are too busy schmooz­ing. The hon­orary Os­cars are handed out toward the end of the evening. In se­lect­ing Bur­nett for an hon­orary Os­car, the academy cited films such as “Killer of Sheep,” a 1977 drama that he wrote, di­rected, pro­duced and edited that tells the story of a Watts slaugh­ter­house worker. His other films in­clude “To Sleep with Anger,” a 1990 drama star­ring Danny Glover as a drifter from the South.

Sutherland

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