Oscars poll: Who should get honorary awards this year?

We are just a few days away from learning who will be receiving honorary Oscars this year. Who among our top 10 of past nominees do you think is most overdue? Vote in the poll below and then add your thoughts to the fierce debate going on right now in our forums HERE

The selection process is fairly straightforward. Members of the board of governors put forth suggestions, with each of the top choices then voted on individually. Honorees must receive support from at least half of those on the board. The usual limit is three honorees. For a fourth person to be named, he or she needs to garner two-thirds of the votes. Since the academy shifted these honorary kudos from the telecast to a separate non-televised ceremony six years ago, they have feted 23 people. 

In 2009, honorary Oscars went to actress Lauren Bacall, cinematographer Gordon Willis and producer Roger Corman while studio executive John Calley received the Irving Thalberg Award.

In 2010, honorary Oscars were bestowed on actor Eli Wallach, filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard and film historian Kevin Brownlow while Francis Ford Coppola was given the Thalberg.

In 2011, honorary Oscars were awarded to actor James Earl Jones and makeup pioneer Dick Smith while TV personaility Oprah Winfrey was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

In 2012, the academy snubbed on-screen talent entirely with honorary Oscars going to stuntman turned director Hal Needham, documentarian D.A. Pennebaker and director/producer George Stevens, Jr. while studio exec Jeffrey Katzenberg received the Hersholt.

In 2013, honorary Oscars went to actors Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury as well as costume designer Piero Tosi while actress/director Angelina Jolie was feted with the Hersholt.

Last year, actress Maureen O'Hara, animator Hayao Miyazaki and writer Jean-Claude Carrière got  honorary Oscars while actor/singer Harry Belafonte got the Hersholt.

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3 thoughts on “Oscars poll: Who should get honorary awards this year?

  1. Of this list…Debbie Reynolds just won the Honorary Award at SAG (and sounded a bit off her rocker, too)…I doubt the Oscars will want to go down the exact same route as another awards ceremony. Doris Day will not be around to accept, and isn’t into the “scene” anymore. Max von Sydow would be a wonderful choice, as he is still actively working. They could also choose to honor Olivia de Havilland. Heck, Production Designer Honorary Oscar winner Robert Boyle was just as old as she (99) when he won. I’m not sure if she’d attend, but it would be as cool a choice as Maureen O’Hara

  2. Of this list,Doris Day would’ve been my choice also,but her reputation as a person who does come for awards anymore changed my vote to either Max Von Sydow or Cicely Tyson.I may think even Jerry Lewis may get one for his career to match his Jean Hersholt Award.Since I’m not an Academy member,whatever I say doesn’t matter,but this is who I’d pick if I were a member.

  3. I want to comment this time on the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.I think it will come down to two people for this award,Mia Farrow and Sir Roger Moore,both deserve it and work hard for their causes.I also think they might add some more people like Doris Day or Betty White for their treatment of animals especially dogs to the mix.They might do something stupid and give it to George Clooney.You can’t tell what the film Academy .will do and how it thinks.

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