On Tuesday, the board of governors for the motion picture academy will meet to decide this year’s recipients of honorary Oscars. Those chosen will be feted at the eighth annual Governors’ Awards, which take place on Nov. 12 in the Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The timing is such that many of this year’s hottest Oscar prospects will attend to glad-hand voters.
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 to be named, he or she needs to garner two-thirds of the votes.
We asked our readers for their top choice from a roster of 10 previous Oscar nominees (vote in this poll below). By a wide margin, they went with Doris Day. This screen legend topped the box office list for four years (1960, 1962 – 1964) and was a one-time Oscar nominee (“Pillow Talk,” 1959). With all the work she has done over the years as an animal advocate, she is also a worthy choice for the Hersholt humanitarian award, which was given out for an unprecedented fourth year in a row in 2014.
In second place with our readers is Max von Sydow. This Swedish-born actor has contended at the Oscars twice — in lead for “Pelle the Conqueror” (1988) and in supporting for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (2011) — and is renowned for his collaborations with auteur Ingmar Bergman. Still going strong at age 87, von Sydow just reaped an Emmy bid for his guest turn on the drama series “Game of Thrones.”
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