November 9, 2014
Last night Hayao Miyazaki was awarded an Oscar for his lifetime of contributions to the motion picture industry at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at its 6th annual Governors Awards ceremony.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios presented the Oscar to Miyazaki to a standing ovation.
This was Miyazaki's first time attending an Oscars awards ceremony. Miyazaki announced in September, 2013 that he was retiring, but in recent interviews he revealed his schedule drawing manga about a 16th century samurai, and working on a play area for children in Fukushima Prefecture which has been hard hit by the nuclear crisis.
He told The Associated Press he will continue working, but not on feature-length filmmaking, but on animated shorts to be shown at the Studio Ghibli museum. (Photo credit: Oscars.org)
August 26, 2014
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it will bestow Honorary Awards for lifetime achievement to Japanese animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, French novelist and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, and American actress Maureen O'Hara, and the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to actor and singer Harry Belafonte.
“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.
Director Hayao Miyazaki won an Academy Award in the Animated Feature Film category in 2002 for "Spirited Away," and has been nominated for "Howls Moving Castle" in 2005, and "The Wind Rises" in 2014.
An artist, writer, director, producer, and co-founder of animation Studio Ghibli in Tokyo, Miyazaki, 73, announced his retirement in September, 2013. His other animated features include “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” “Laputa: Castle in the Sky,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Princess Mononoke.” (Photo credit: Oscars.org)
Novelist and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière shared an Oscar® for the live action short subject “Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary)” in 1962. He received two more nominations during his nearly two-decade collaboration with director Luis Buñuel, for the screenplays for “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” and “That Obscure Object of Desire.” Carrière also has collaborated notably with such directors as Volker Schlöndorff (“The Tin Drum”), Jean-Luc Godard (“Every Man for Himself”) and Andrzej Wajda (“Danton”). He earned a fourth Oscar nomination for “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” with director Philip Kaufman.
O’Hara, a native of Dublin, Ireland, came to Hollywood in 1939 to star opposite Charles Laughton in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” She went on to appear in a wide range of feature films, including the swashbucklers “The Black Swan” and “Sinbad the Sailor,” the dramas “This Land Is Mine” and “A Woman’s Secret,” the family classics “Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Parent Trap,” the spy comedy “Our Man in Havana” and numerous Westerns. She was a favorite of director John Ford, who cast her in five of his films, including “How Green Was My Valley,” “Rio Grande” and “The Quiet Man.”
An actor, producer, singerand lifelong activist, Belafonte began performing in theaters and nightclubs in and around Harlem, where he was born. From the beginning of his film career, he chose projects that shed needed light on racism and inequality, including “Carmen Jones,” “Odds against Tomorrow” and “The World, the Flesh and the Devil.” He was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, marching and organizing alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and often funding initiatives with his entertainment income. Belafonte was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1987 and currently serves on the boards of the Advancement Project and the Institute for Policy Studies. His work on behalf of children, education, famine relief, AIDS awareness and civil rights has taken him all over the world.
The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, 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, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”