The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Angela Bassett, Mel Brooks, and Carol Littleton will be this year’s recipients of the Honorary Oscar during the 14th annual Governors Awards, which will take place on November 18 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Moreover, former Sundance Institute chief Michelle Satter will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Bassett surprisingly lost the Best Supporting Actress Oscar earlier this year for her performance as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to Jamie Lee Curtis in Everything Everywhere All at Once. While Curtis had won the SAG award, Bassett had snagged the Golden Globe and Critics Choice and was deemed the frontrunner earlier in the season. The tables had turned once Kerry Condon won the BAFTA, and all bets were off when Curtis won the SAG. Bassett will now be getting an Academy Award, after all, though one that celebrates her entire career as opposed to one centered on a specific performance.
In a statement, Academy President Janet Yang said, “The Academy’s Board of Governors is thrilled to honor four trailblazers who have transformed the film industry and inspired generations of filmmakers and movie fans.
Across her decades-long career, Angela Bassett has continued to deliver transcendent performances that set new standards in acting. Mel Brooks lights up our hearts with his humor, and his legacy has made a lasting impact on every facet of entertainment. Carol Littleton’s career in film editing serves as a model for those who come after her. A pillar of the independent film community, Michelle Satter has played a vital role in the careers of countless filmmakers around the world.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter