In another break with tradition in the constantly changing Oscar ceremony, this year’s Honorary Oscars will be handed out in November and only briefly acknowledged during the telecast.
Legendary actress Lauren Bacall, producer-executive John Calley, producer-director Roger Corman, and cinematographer Gordon Willis will be the recipients of this year’s Honorary Academy Awards to be handed out on November 14 at the Grand Ballroom of Hollywood and Highland. John Calley will be receiving the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for producers, the first time that award has been presented since 2001.
Lauren Bacall captured audiences with her first film performance in To Have and Have Not where she starred with her future husband, Humphrey Bogart. She went on to star in such classic films as The Big Sleep (1946), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Sex and the Single Girl (1964), Misery (1990), and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) for which she was nominated for an Oscar. (She also happens to be on Twitter.)
John Calley was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar for producing the 1993 film Remains of the Day. He has also produced films The Cincinatti Kid (1965), Catch-22 (1970), Postcards from the Edge (1990), and The Da Vinci Code (2006).
Roger Corman is a legendary producer/director who has produced almost 400 films in his 5+ decade spanning career. His directing credits include Gunslinger (1956), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), and The Wild Angels (1966) and he has produced such cult horror classics as Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959), The Raven (1963), and Boxcar Bertha (1972).
Gordon Willis is the brilliant cinematographer behind The Godfather Trilogy as well as such films as All the President’s Men (1976), Annie Hall (1977), Interiors (1978), Manhattan (1979), and The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985).
Four honorary Oscars in a year is the maximum number allowed.