We are just a week or two away from when the Board of Governors of the motion picture academy will decide who will be receiving honorary Oscars this year.
The selection process is fairly straightforward. Board members 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.
We asked who you thought was most overdue to be added to this honor roll and you responded in the hundreds. (For those who haven’t voted, the poll is at the bottom of this post.)
Your overwhelming choices were Doris Day and Angela Lansbury, both of whom contended for Academy Awards during their lengthy film careers. Each had their advocates in our fourms where this topic is being hotly debated. Have your say here.
All signs now lead to Doris Day and I think she has decided to be lauded and accept this honorary Oscar! Bravo. One of the great movie stars of the 50’s and 60’s with a long career in music and TV as well. #1 at box office for most of the last 1/2 of the 50’s , many #1 songs and songs sung by her that are Oscar-winning tunes, a fine actress who excelled in comedy but occasionally had a triumph in the drama category (“Midnight Lace,” “Love Me or Leave Me”).
And Will makes an equally impressive case:
Angela Lansbury is one of the greatest actresses of her time and one of the last remaining active links to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Fifty films, three Oscar nominations over a seventy-year career. She will be 87 years old in October. I can’t think of a more deserving candidate. As for her not being a movie star or not having a significant film career, this shouldn’t even been an argument against her candidacy after they awarded Eli Wallach and her current “The Best Man” co-star James Earl Jones.
Since the academy shifted these honorary kudos from the telecast to a separate non-televised ceremony three years ago, they have feted 11 people.
In 2009, honorary Oscars went to actress Lauren Bacall, cinematographer Gordon Willis and producer Roger Corman while studio executive John Calley received the 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.
Last year, 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.