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Sean Penn: Honorary César Goes Hollywood (Again)

Sean Penn in '21 Grams.' Sean Penn: Honorary César once again goes Hollywood Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a “living legend” and “a stand-alone icon in American cinema.” The Academy has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner […]


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Sean Penn: Honorary César Goes Hollywood (Again)



Maureen O'Hara Oscar: Academy's Honorary Award and an Old Irish Saying

Maureen O'Hara: Honorary Oscar recipient. Maureen O'Hara: Honorary Oscar to 'How Green Was My Valley,' 'The Quiet Man' actress Veteran actress Maureen O'Hara attended the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2014 Governors Awards, where she was handed an Honorary Oscar for her body of work – 50 or so movies, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, How Green Was My Valley, The Miracle on 34th Street, and The Quiet Man. This year's ceremony was held on Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. For the last couple of years, Maureen O'Hara has been a Boise, Idaho, resident. Before that, the 94-year-old actress – born Maureen FitzSimons, on August, 17, 1920, […]


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Maureen O'Hara Oscar: Academy's Honorary Award and an Old Irish Saying



Honorary Award: Marlene Dietrich & Rita Hayworth Among Women 'Snubbed' by Academy

Honorary Award non-winner Marlene Dietrich. Honorary Award: Academy 'snubbed' Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich and dozens of other women (See previous post: “Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux 'Snubbed.'”) A sizable chunk of part three of this three-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women consists of a long, long – and for the most part quite prestigious – list of deceased women who, some way or other, have left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term – and even […]


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Honorary Award: Marlene Dietrich & Rita Hayworth Among Women 'Snubbed' by Academy