Wes Studi among honorary Oscar recipients

06/07/2019 10:00 AM
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In this 2017 file photo Cherokee actor Wes Studi holds a basket and his Career Achievement Award presented by the Tribal Film Festival during the Tribal Film Festival Showcase at Circle Cinema in Tulsa. Studi’s film “Hostiles” had its Oklahoma premiere during the event. Studi, groundbreaking filmmaker David Lynch and the first woman ever to receive an Academy Award nomination for directing, Lina Wertmüller, will be receiving honorary Oscars at the Governors Awards on Oct. 27 in Hollywood. ARCHIVE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first Oscar winners of the season are already here, and Cherokee actor Wes Studi is among them. He joins filmmaker David Lynch, director Lina Wertmüller and actress Geena Davis among those who will receive honorary Oscar statuettes at the Governors Awards in October, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said June 3.

Studi, 71, has never received an Oscar nomination, but has been part of a number of Oscar-nominated and winning films such as “Dances with Wolves,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “The New World” and “Geronimo: An American Legend.”

Lynch, 73, is a four-time Oscar nominee for “The Elephant Man,” in which he was nominated for what is now known as adapted screenplay and best director. His other nominations are for best director for “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive.”

At 90, Wertmüller is perhaps the least famous of the recipients, but broke ground for women in the industry when she became the first woman to get a best director nomination for the film “Seven Beauties” in 1976. Only four other women have followed in getting the best director nomination: Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow and Greta Gerwig, and Bigelow is the only woman who has won.

Davis will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work advocating for gender equality in media as the founder of a non-profit organization, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and the female-focused Bentonville Film Festival. The 63-year-old actually has won an Oscar before, for her supporting performance in “The Accidental Tourist,” and was also nominated for “Thelma & Louise.”

The film academy’s board of governors voted on this year’s recipients on June 1, months earlier than usual to accommodate the shortened awards calendar this year.

“These Governors Awards given by the Academy each year recognize individuals who have devoted themselves to a lifetime of artistic accomplishment and brought outstanding contributions to our industry, and beyond,” said film academy President John Bailey.

The 11th annual ceremony will be held on Oct. 27, a month earlier than usual, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood just steps away from where the Oscars will take place on Feb. 9.


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