Lifetime Achievement Awards / Honorary Oscars / Cecil B. DeMille Award: Articles


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 […]


Cecil B. DeMille Award Winners: George Clooney In & Very Few Women

Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient George Clooney in The Monuments Men, with Matt Damon. Produced and written by Good Night, and Good Luck. collaborators George Clooney and Grant Heslov, and directed by Clooney, The Monuments Men is a World War II drama loosely based on Robert M. Edsel and Bret […]


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 […]


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 & 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 […]


Honorary Oscar: Doris Day, Other Film Women Inexplicably 'Snubbed'

Honorary Oscar: Doris Day 'snubbed.' Honorary Oscar: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux among non-winners (See previous post: “Honorary Oscars Bypass Women: Angela Lansbury, Greta Garbo Among Rare Exceptions.”) Those who have read my Alt Film Guide posts are aware that I'm no fan of political correctness. But looking at the Honorary […]


Honorary Oscars Bypass Women: Angela Lansbury, Greta Garbo Among Rare Female Winners

Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Angelina Jolie at the 2013 Governors Awards. Sept. 4, '14, Introduction: This three-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Oscars and the dearth of female recipients was originally posted in Feb. 2007 and updated […]


Honorary Oscars: Hayao Miyazaki Among Recipients

Hayao Miyazaki. Honorary Oscars 2014: Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Maureen O'Hara; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Harry Belafonte One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards – an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual […]


European Movies Lifetime Achievement Award: Women Mostly Ignored

European Film Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award: Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau, Judi Dench are the only three female recipients to date (image: European movies' Lifetime Achievement Award-less actress Danielle Darrieux) (See previous post: “Catherine Deneuve: Only the Third Woman to Receive European Film Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award.”) As mentioned in the […]


Catherine Deneuve: Only the Third Woman to Receive EFA Lifetime Achievement Award

Catharine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve: 2013 European Film Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Catherine Deneuve has been named the recipient of the the European Film Academy's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for her “outstanding body of work.” And outstanding it is. Yesterday, I posted an article about Dirk Bogarde (Victim, Death in […]


Paula Wagner: Tom Cruise Former Partner to Produce Governors Awards

Paula Wagner: Former Tom Cruise partner to produce the Academy's 2013 Governors Awards Paula Wagner, a former partner of Tom Cruise, will produce the 2013 Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has announced. At the Governors Awards, to be held […]


Jodie Foster: Cecil B. DeMille Award Recipient Defends Kristen Stewart & Mel Gibson

Jodie Foster: 2012 Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient Jodie Foster will be the next Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced – by way of Foster's Panic Room co-star Kristen Stewart and Simon Baker. A two-time Golden Globe winner, Jodie Foster will be honored at […]


George Stevens Jr, Stunt Man Hal Needham: Honorary Oscar

Honorary Oscar 2012: George Stevens Jr George Stevens Jr. is the founding director of the American Film Institute. During his tenure, the AFI established the Center for Advanced Film Studies and various educational initiatives, and created the AFI Life Achievement Award. In 1977, Stevens co-founded the Kennedy Center Honors, which […]


Harvey Weinstein Legion of Honor + Nicolas Sarkozy Letter Kept Secret During Oscar Race

Harvey Weinstein: Legion d'Honneur Chevalier nominated by French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Oscar race secret: Harvey Weinstein Legion of Honor 'nomination' Below is a letter (dated July 22, '11) French president Nicolas Sarkozy wrote to The Weinstein Company's cochairman Harvey Weinstein, who has been inducted as a chevalier into France's Légion […]


Patrick Duffy & Linda Gray + Mary Tyler Moore & Dick Van Dyke: SAG Awards

Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, Diane Lane and Josh Brolin. Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, Diane Lane and Josh Brolin: SAG Awards Pictured above are Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray with Diane Lane and Josh Brolin on the 2012 SAG Awards' Red Carpet, just outside Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on […]


Salma Hayek Legion of Honor Induction Controversy + Kristen Stewart Cannes Entry?

Salma Hayek: Mexican actress in Legion of Honor controversy. Salma Hayek: Legion of Honor controversy There hasn't been much buzz about Marthe Keller's induction into France's Legion of Honor. Or the induction of actresses Dominique Blanc and Anny Duperey. Hardly a surprise, since the only film people that matter in […]


BAFTA Fellowship: Very Few Women, Very Few Outside UK/Hollywood Film Industry

Alfred Hitchcock on the 'Psycho' set: The very first BAFTA Fellowship recipient. BAFTA Fellowship: Focus on men in the American/British show business industry The first recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Fellowship, “awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image,” […]


Catharine Deneuve & Martin Scorsese Honors: Film Society of Lincoln Center + BAFTA Fellowship

Catherine Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve, 68, will be the recipient of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 39th Chaplin Award. The annual fundraising gala benefiting Lincoln Center programs will be held on Monday, April 2, at the Alice Tully Hall in New York. The evening will include films clips and a party. […]


Marthe Keller: Legion of Honor Chevalier, Working with 'Unspoiled Monster' Billy Wilder

Marthe Keller: Actress in more than 40 movies to become Legion of Honor chevalier. Actress Marthe Keller to become Légion d'Honneur chevalier Veteran actress Marthe Keller, among whose film credits are Claude Lelouch's And Now My Love and John Schlesinger's Marathon Man, will be inducted as a chevalier (“knight”) in […]


Linda Blair Remembers 'The Exorcist' + Elizabeth Reaser & Sean Young: Academy's Governors Awards

Linda Blair: Remembering 'The Exorcist' while paying tribute to make-up artist and Honorary Oscar recipient Dick Smith. Linda Blair honors 'The Exorcist' make-up artist Dick Smith: Academy's Governors Awards The Exorcist actress Linda Blair is pictured above while arriving at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2011 Governors […]


Glenn Close & Michael Fassbender + Tate Taylor & Cary Fukunaga: Academy's Governors Awards

Glenn Close: Potential Best Actress Oscar contender at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards. Glenn Close: Potential Best Actress Oscar contender at Academy's Governors Awards Five-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close, a likely 2012 Best Actress Oscar contender for her performance as a woman passing for […]


Morgan Freeman Next Cecil B. DeMille Award Recipient: Golden Globes

Morgan Freeman, this year's recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, will also take home the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards ceremony. As per the HFPA, the DeMille Award is given to “talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on […]


Doris Day to Receive Los Angeles Film Critics Career Achievement Award + LAFCC Usual Macho Choices

Doris Day may have been – once again – absurdly bypassed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors, but at least she'll be getting some much deserved recognition from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). Day, 87, has been named the recipient of the […]


AFI Life Achievement Award Winners: From John Ford to Jane Fonda

Gregory Peck, Brock Peters in Robert Mulligan's To Kill a Mockingbird; Barbra Streisand in William Wyler's Funny Girl (bottom) This list of AFI Life Achievement Award winners was culled from Wikipedia. The number on the right represents the honorees' age at the time of the award. Shirley MacLaine will be […]


Ralph Fiennes & David Cronenberg: BFI Fellowship

Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg and British actor-turned-filmmaker Ralph Fiennes (right) will receive the 2011 British Film Institute Fellowship, a sort of Lifetime Achievement Award given by the BFI. Cronenberg and Fiennes will be handed the honor at the London Film Festival. Previous BFI Fellowship recipients include Isabelle Huppert, Michael Powell, […]


Mary Tyler Moore: SAG Life Achievement Award Recipient

Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore has been named the recipient of the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” The star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Ordinary […]


James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey: Honorary Oscar Recipients

Actor James Earl Jones and veteran make-up artist Dick Smith will receive Honorary Awards, and former television hostess Oprah Winfrey will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. The awards will be presented at the Academy's 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner […]


SAG Awards: Barbara Hershey & Natalie Portman + Susan Sarandon & Son Jack Henry Robbins

Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan Natalie Portman: SAG Awards' Best Actress for 'Black Swan.' Natalie Portman: SAG Awards' Best Actress winner 'bleeped' TNT and TBS bleeped Natalie Portman, this year's Best Actress SAG Award winner for her performance as a mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller […]


Nicole Kidman Movie Risk Taker Tribute + Patricia Norris Lifetime Achievement Award

Best Actress Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (for Stephen Daldry's The Hours) and potential Oscar nominee for John Cameron Mitchell's upcoming Rabbit Hole, will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 26th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs January 27 -February 6, 2011. The Nicole Kidman […]


'Harry Potter' Studios Deal, Robert De Niro Golden Globes Honor & Dissing 'Dragon Tattoo' Recasting

Nov. 8, '10, news: For an undisclosed amount, in early November '10 Warner Bros. has announced plans to buy Leavesden Studios, the “Harry Potter Studios” – the U.K. facilities where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the other HP movies, in addition to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and […]


Paul Mazursky Career Achievement Award + Afghanistan Atrocities & Naked Men in Saunas

Natalie Wood, Elliott Gould, Robert Culp, Dyan Cannon, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Paul Mazursky: Los Angeles Film Critics Career Achievement Award Paul Mazursky, among whose efforts as writer-director are Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Harry and Tonto (1974), An Unmarried Woman (1978), and Enemies: […]


Jean-Luc Godard Honorary Oscar: Filmmaker Missing in Action?

Oct. 25 update: Shocking news. Jean-Luc Godard has “regretfully” notified Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak that he will not pick up his Honorary Award in person at the Governors Awards on Nov. 13. The notification followed “a two-month-long cordial exchange of correspondence” between Godard and […]


Ann Blyth & Lizabeth Scott Today + Doris Day Honors James Cagney

Ann Blyth.   Ann Blyth, who received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for the film noir Mildred Pierce (1945), is pictured above during a discussion following a screening of the Joan Crawford classic at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Monday, June 14, 2010. Mildred Pierce was […]


Warren Beatty & Martin Scorsese with Career Awards + Animation Oscar Semifinalists

Warren Beatty will receive the Art Directors Guild's Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award, “given to an individual whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience,” at the ADG Awards ceremony on February 13, 2010, at the International Ballroom of […]


Anjelica Huston, Jonathan Demme & Kirk Douglas: Honorary Oscar Presenters

Oscar winners Anjelica Huston, Jonathan Demme, and Quentin Tarantino, and Honorary Award recipient Kirk Douglas will be some of the presenters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' first Governors Awards event on November 14 at Hollywood & Highland Center's Grand Ballroom. The evening will feature presentations of […]


Susan Sarandon Award: Stockholm Film Festival Lifetime Achievement

Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts in Stepmom. Susan Sarandon will be the recipient of the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award 2009 to be presented at the 20th Stockholm International Film Festival (website), which runs Nov. 18–29. Sarandon will be accepting the honor in person. As per the Stockholm Film Festival's press […]


Honorary Oscars: Lauren Bacall, Gordon Willis & Roger Corman

Lauren Bacall, Roger Corman, and Gordon Willis have been chosen by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be the next recipients of the Academy's Honorary Award. Additionally, producer-executive John Calley will be given the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Previously, special awards […]


Moscow Film Festival Awards + New Best Song Oscar Rules

Set in a small town in the early 1950s, Nikolai Dostal's Pete on the Way to Heaven revolves around a (somewhat mentally impaired) young man who pretends he's the local traffic inspector much to the amusement of his fellow denizens. Things become serious when an inmate escapes from the local […]


Jerry Lewis: Comedian Gets Academy Honor But Enmeshed in Gay Slur & Other Controversies

Jerry Lewis: Comedian host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Telethon will be receiving the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, given since the 1957 Oscar ceremony to “an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.” Besides […]


Maurice Jarre Gets Honorary Golden Bear + Mary Pickford Oscar Sale Blocked

Maurice Jarre to be handed an Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement at next year's Berlin Film Festival. One of the greatest film composers of the 20th century, Maurice Jarre is best known for his Oscar-winning collaborations with David Lean: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and A Passage to India […]


Kate Winslet Double Golden Globe Nominee & Santa Barbara Honoree + Meryl Streep Breaks Record

Kate Winslet: Potential Academy Award double nominee for Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road (as Best Actress) and Stephen Daldry's The Reader (as Best Supporting Actress) will be receiving the Santa Barbara Film Festival's Montecito Award for her “series of classic and standout performances.” Well-received Kate Winslet portrayals include those in Ang […]


Warren Beatty & Dustin Hoffman, Keith Carradine & Mark Waters: AFI Tribute

Warren Beatty: AFI Life Achievement Award honoree. Dustin Hoffman, Keith Carradine and Mark Waters attend Warren Beatty AFI Tribute Dustin Hoffman, Keith Carradine, Jane Fonda, Dyan Cannon, Diane Keaton, Mark Waters, and Elaine May were some of the Hollywood celebrities who spoke at the 36th AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony, […]


Dyan Cannon & Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda 'Tall Gay Story': Warren Beatty AFI Tribute

Jane Fonda: Warren Beatty gay by association? Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Dyan Cannon among those paying tribute to Warren Beatty: AFI Life Achievement Award Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Dyan Cannon, and Elaine May were some of the Hollywood celebrities who spoke at the 36th AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony […]


Alfred Hitchcock Collaborator to Get Honorary Oscar + Critics Groups' Awards Season Lists Are Useful

Alfred Hitchcock classic: Mount Rushmore scene with Eva Marie Saint and Cary Grant in North by Northwest (1959), a sort of The 39 Steps reboot that boasted Oscar-nominated art direction by Robert F. Doyle – the next recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Oscar. Veteran […]


Costa-Gavras Getting Eisenstein Honor + 'The Band's Visit' Tops Israeli Academy Awards

Screenwriter, director, and producer Costa-Gavras, 74, never one to shy away from inflammatory themes, will be honored with the second-ever Eisenstein Award handed out by the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The Sept. 28 ceremony will launch a two-day Costa-Gavras mini-festival, with screenings of four of the […]


Sherry Lansing: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for Former Paramount CEO

Sherry Lansing. At the next Oscar ceremony, composer Ennio Morricone will be honored with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award, while former Paramount chairperson Sherry Lansing will be handed the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Sherry Lansing to receive Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Besides Once Upon a […]


Ennio Morricone: 'Cinema Paradiso' & 'Once Upon a Time in the West' Composer Gets Honorary Oscar

Ennio Morricone began his prolific film scoring career when he was in his early 30s. Among his best-known compositions are those for Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), […]


Robert Altman Gets Honorary Oscar + Kirby Dick vs. Censorship

Iconoclastic director-producer-writer Robert Altman, 80, will be the next recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award, to be presented at the 2006 Academy Awards ceremony next March 5. The Honorary Award will be given to Altman for “a career that has repeatedly reinvented the art […]


Sean Connery: James Bond Getting AFI Life Achievement Award

Sean Connery as James Bond. Sean Connery: James Bond star and Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner to receive AFI Life Achievement Award Sean Connery, best known for playing James Bond in a series of highly successful '60s spy flicks, will be the 34th recipient of the American Film Institute's Life […]


Shirley Temple: SAG Life Achievement Award Winner

Shirley Temple now: SAG Life Achievement Award winner Shirley Temple, the biggest child star in film history, is now a grown woman. In fact, she has been one for quite some time. The 77-year-old Temple, in fact, has been named the next recipient of the Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement […]


Sidney Lumet Movies Earn Director Honorary Oscar + Controversial Al Jazeera Documentary

Sidney Lumet movies of the last (almost) half a century have frequently dealt with power and its use/abuse – and/or lack. Among Lumet's most notable big-screen efforts are the U.S. justice system dramas 12 Angry Men and The Verdict; the nuclear holocaust-themed Fail-Safe; the socially conscious thriller Dog Day Afternoon; […]


Jesus Christ-George W. Bush Missing Link Found? + U.S. Elections & Best Picture Oscar Nominations Connection?

Jesus Christ: Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ. Regarding the ever-elusive missing link between Jesus Christ and U.S. President George W. Bush, a report claims that Hollywood “observers” claim that the United States' presidential election is somehow reflected in the choices of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts […]