The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the 31st Governors Awards will take place in person on Saturday, November 19th in Los Angeles. Director Euzhan Palcy, singer/songwriter Diane Warren, and filmmaker Peter Weir will each receive an honorary Oscar, recognizing “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”
On the other hand, actor Michael J. Fox will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which honor “an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.” The Academy will recognize Fox’s contribution to research on Parkinson’s disease, through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
In a statement, Academy President Dave Rubin said that “The Academy’s Board of Governors is honored to recognize four individuals who have made indelible contributions to cinema and the world at large.
Michael J. Fox’s tireless advocacy of research on Parkinson’s disease alongside his boundless optimism exemplifies the impact of one person in changing the future for millions. Euzhan Palcy is a pioneering filmmaker whose groundbreaking significance in international cinema is cemented in film history. Diane Warren’s music and lyrics have magnified the emotional impact of countless motion pictures and inspired generations of musical artists. Peter Weir is a director of consummate skill and artistry whose work reminds us of the power of film to reveal the full range of human experience.”
Source: The Academy