The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has unveiled the names of this year’s honorary Oscar awardees, which include Angela Bassett, Mel Brooks, and others.
Oscar glory is set to grace Angela Bassett, a nominee for her performances in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and What’s Love Got to Do With It? Sharing the honor with her will be comedic genius Mel Brooks and acclaimed editor Carol Littleton, as disclosed by the Academy on Monday.
Bassett has long been considered an overlooked talent in the Oscar community, and her loss of the Best Supporting Actress award to Jamie Lee Curtis for her role in Everything Everywhere All at Once at the 2023 Oscars was deemed by many as a notable snub.
Brooks had already claimed an Oscar victory in 1968 for his writing efforts on The Producers, while Littleton was acknowledged for her editing skills on Spielberg’s iconic film, E.T.
Along with the mentioned distinguished trio, Michelle Satter, the founding director of the Sundance Institute, will be honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award this year.
Academy President Janet Yang, expressing the excitement of the Academy’s Board of Governors, said, “We are excited to recognize four pioneers who have revolutionized the movie industry and set a benchmark for future filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts.” Yang praised Bassett for her consistently stellar performances that raised the bar for acting over her lengthy career. She acknowledged Brooks for his infectious humor and lasting legacy across all areas of entertainment. Yang commended Littleton for her exemplary career in film editing that would inspire those following her footsteps. Lastly, she highlighted the significant contribution of Satter to the independent film community, noting her instrumental role in launching numerous filmmaker careers worldwide.
The laureates will be presented with their honorary Oscars on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Academy’s Governors Awards in Los Angeles, setting the stage for the 2024 Oscars ceremony scheduled for next March on ABC.
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