The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will award honorary Oscars to several film luminaries this November: director Peter Weir, composer Diane Warren and filmmaker Euzhan Palcy. Actor Michael J. Fox receives the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (also an Oscar statuette). Academy President David Rubin said these Oscars would recognize the honorees’ “indelible contributions to cinema and the world at large.” The awards will be presented at the Academy’s 13th Annual Governors Awards on November 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 American President,” and the legendary “Back to the Future” trilogy. His honors include five Emmys, two SAGs and a Grammy Award.
Fox was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease after showing symptoms in 1991 at the age of just 29 during the production of “Doc Hollywood,” which has 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 presented to an individual in the cinematographic arts and scholarship whose humanitarian efforts have brought recognition to the industry.”
In a statement, Rubin said, “Michael J. Fox’s relentless commitment to Parkinson’s disease research and boundless optimism illustrate the impact of one person in transforming the future of millions.”
The Academy describes the honorary award, presented to Weir, Warren and Palcy, as recognizing “extraordinary lifetime achievement distinction, outstanding contribution to the state of motion picture art and scholarship, or outstanding service to the Academy.”
Acclaimed Australian director Weir’s credits include the Oscar-nominated films Witness, Green Card, Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. With “Picnic at Hanging Rock”, “The Last Wave”, “Gallipoli” and “The Year of Living Dangerously” he became a leading figure of the Australian New Wave movement in the 70s. He has personally received six Oscar nominations.
Rubin said, “Peter Weir is a director of consummate skill and artistry whose work reminds us of the power of film to reveal the full breadth of human experience.”
Warren is one of the most well-known composers of contemporary film songs, having garnered 13 Academy Award nominations (so far without a win in the original song category) along with her Grammy and Emmy awards, nine Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, and the feat of becoming the first person his, which charts seven concurrently charting songs, each featuring a different artist. Her Oscar-nominated works include: I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, How Do I Live, Because You Loved Me, and Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.
Rubin said of the composer, “Diane Warren’s music and lyrics have enhanced the emotional impact of countless films and inspired generations of musicians.”
Palcy is a César-winning filmmaker originally from Martinique, French West Indies. She received the Cesar for Best First Feature for her debut Sugar Cane Alley (1983). She has won multiple awards at the Venice Film Festival, including the Silver Lion for Sugar Cane Alley, and received the Sojourner Truth Award at Cannes in 2001. She is best known to American audiences for writing and directing A Dry White Season, starring Donald Sutherland, Susan Sarandon – and Marlon Brando. Brando reportedly worked on the film to be a part of the film, coming out of retirement to be a part of the anti-apartheid film.
Rubin said: “Euzhan Palcy is a seminal filmmaker whose seminal impact on international cinema is written in film history.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/awards/story/2022-06-21/michael-j-fox-peter-weir-diane-warren-set-for-honorary-oscars Michael J. Fox, Peter Weir, Diane Warren set for honorary Oscars