James Earl Jones, Dick Smith and Oprah Winfrey to receive Academy’s Governors Awards

Posted by · 10:31 pm · August 2nd, 2011

Okay, so nix her as a host possibility. Oprah gets the Hersholt. Dick Smith is an inspired pick for an Honorary Oscar. It’s interesting that I’m watching Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes” right now, which saw makeup artist Rick Baker shafted by the Academy, just as his mentor is announced for this honor. Baker […]

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AMPAS honors quartet at Governors Awards

Posted by · 8:46 am · November 15th, 2010

This weekend the Academy toasted the careers of film historian Kevin Brownlow, French auteur Jean-Luc Godard and character actor Eli Wallach with a trio of Honorary Oscar statuettes and bestowed the Irving Thalberg Award on legendary helmer Francis Ford Coppola. I didn’t attend the ceremony, but there’s lots of coverage out there.  Rather than pack […]

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Honorary Oscared and Thalberged

Posted by · 12:13 am · November 14th, 2010

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11/2 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Newton on ‘For Colored Girls,’ Godard’s Oscar revives controversy, ratings board drama

Posted by · 9:30 am · November 2nd, 2010

• Jean-Luc Godard’s Honorary Oscar revives controversy over the director’s supposed anti-Semitism. [New York Times] • Amy Kaufman sits down with “Love & Other Drugs” director Edward Zwick. [The Envelope] • Edward Douglas chats up “For Colored Girls” star Thandie Newton. [Coming Soon]

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Godard to skip the Governors Awards

Posted by · 11:17 am · October 25th, 2010

First it was announced that legendary French auteur Jean-Luc Godard would be one of this year’s Honorary Oscar recipients at November’s Governors Awards.  Then the Academy was having a hard time finding him.  Then Godard’s girlfriend conveyed the sentiment that Godard might think the ceremony beneath him.  Now, the official news drops that — as […]

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9/9 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:15 am · September 9th, 2010

• James Rocchi previews the Toronto Film Festival with quotes from co-director Cameron Bailey and yours truly. [MSN Movies] • Dave Karger writes up the festival’s top 10 Oscar contenders. [Oscar Watch] • Regarding Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter,” Brad Brevet wonders if Warner Bros. is hiding a stinker. [Rope of Silicon]

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9/8 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:22 am · September 8th, 2010

• Jean-Luc Godard tells the Academy in a “cordial letter” that he may attend the Governor’s Awards if his schedule permits.  AMPAS feels need to convey this to you via press release (because no one wants to look like a stood-up date). [Oscars.org] • Launching a new season’s coverage, Steve Pond tries to make his […]

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Godard tells AMPAS what it can do with that Honorary Oscar

Posted by · 10:21 am · September 6th, 2010

You might recall that, in the wake of auteur Jean-Luc Godard being tapped as on of the year’s Honorary Oscar recipients, the French New Wave pioneer turned up missing.  Well it seems he may have been actively avoiding that phone call from AMPAS brass. Godard’s girlfriend, Anne-Marie Mieville, spoke for him in an interview with […]

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Paging Jean-Luc Godard

Posted by · 5:53 pm · August 25th, 2010

After deciding to give an Honorary Oscar to Jean-Luc Godard, it seems the Academy is having trouble tracking the auteur down: The motion picture Academy has spent almost 24 frantic hours trying to reach the iconoclastic filmmaker (“Breathless”) to inform him he’s getting an honorary Oscar — and by late Wednesday they still hadn’t been […]

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Wallach finally gets his

Posted by · 12:21 pm · August 25th, 2010

One of the easiest Honorary Oscars to peg was probably Eli Wallach’s (the recipients were announced this morning).  Many have in fact been waiting and waiting for some kind of AMPAS recognition for the esteemed character actor, and finally, it looks like he’ll get it.  So in honor of that:

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Honorary Oscars for Coppola, Godard, Wallach and Brownlow

Posted by · 9:41 am · August 25th, 2010

So, you’d think that five competitive Oscars — three for writing, one apiece for producing and directing — would count as an elegant sufficiency of awardage for even the most revered talent in the industry. Not so, apparently, in the case of a certain Francis Ford Coppola. In their wisdom, AMPAS brass have decided that […]

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Welcome to the club

Posted by · 4:44 am · November 15th, 2009

Roger Corman, Lauren Bacall and Gordon Willis show off the Oscars they received at last night’s Governors’ Awards. (The fourth honoree, John Calley, could not attend.) More pictures and video footage of the presentations are at the official AMPAS site here. (On a side note, one pic on the Academy site is captioned “Honorary award […]

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The Oscar show you didn’t see

Posted by · 4:22 am · November 15th, 2009

For those of us not important/famous/rich enough to have attended last night’s honorary Oscars presentation, the Governors’ Awards — tickets began at $350, apparently — Steve Pond has a comprehensive report of the proceedings, complete with pictures and some gossipy details. I’ve complained before about the Academy denying us Joe Public movie fans the chance […]

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Oscarcast nixes honorary awards

Posted by · 9:40 am · June 27th, 2009

Anyone know the reason why the Academy is so restlessly change-happy this week? Not content with doubling the Best Picture field and potentially eliminating the Best Original Song category, they’ve also decided go ahead and cut all honorary awards from the March telecast. Instead, the hitherto irregularly awarded Honorary (AKA lifetime achievement), Irving G. Thalberg […]

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