Per a press release from The Academy, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences voted this week to present Honorary Oscars to Jean-Claude Carriere, Maureen O'Hara, and Hayao Miyazaki, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte.
The Honorary Award, as explained in the press release, "is given to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy." The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award "is given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry." This award went to Angelina Jolie last year and has gone to others like Oprah Winfrey in the past.
Carriere won an Oscar in 1962 as part of the team behind the live action short Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary). His work on that short film led to a career as an esteemed screenwriter, earning three additional Oscar nominations, one for The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and one for That Obscure Object of Desire, and his last for The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
O'Hara starred in the early film classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame opposite Charles Laughton. Originally from Ireland, O'Hara developed quite the career once in Hollywood, appearing in such classics as The Black Swan, Sinbad the Sailor, This Land is Mine, the original Miracle on 34th Street and the original The Parent Trap. Perhaps her most well-known roles were in director John Ford's films, including How Green was My Valley and Rio Grande.
Miyazaki is a god amongst animation fans. He's been nominated in the animation category three times, winning in 2002 for Spirited Away. His other two nominations came for Howl's Moving Castle and last year's The Wind Rises. He's known as prolific animator, writer, and producer around the world after the success of his early animated classics like My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke.
Belafonte began his career singing in clubs around his native Harlem. He was a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and his film choices generally dealt with an undertone of racial equality, seen in films like Carmen Jones and The World, the Flesh and the Devil. He marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. before later becoming a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Academy President Cheryl Boone-Isaacs said, "The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime. We're absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November."
The Governors Awards will be handed out in a ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on Saturday, November 8.