Geena Davis already has an Oscar and David Lynch has several Oscar nominations, but the two Hollywood heavyweights are about to receive more Academy Award glory.
The actress and director are among four who will be recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year with honorary Oscars. Actor Wes Studi and director and screenwriter Lina Wertmüller will also be honored.
The special Oscars “are given by the Academy each year (to) recognize individuals who have devoted themselves to a lifetime of artistic accomplishment and brought outstanding contributions to our industry, and beyond,” Academy President John Bailey said in a statement.
The awards will be handed out at the Academy’s 11th Annual Governors Awards in October in Los Angeles.
Davis won a best supporting actress Oscar in 1988 for “The Accidental Tourist” and is best known for roles in late-80s and early-90s classics like “Thelma & Louise,” “A League of Their Own” and “Beetlejuice.” More recently she’s being doing nonprofit work, founding and leading the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which works to eliminate gender bias and stereotypes in television and film. She was also appointed a special envoy for women and girls in information and communication technologies by the United Nations.
Lynch, known for his sometimes quirky films, achieved a cult following with his first film, “Eraserhead,” in 1977. He received eight Oscar nominations for 1980’s “The Elephant Man,” which he directed. He also got Oscar nods for directing “Blue Velvet” in 1986 and “Mulholland Drive” in 2001. Lynch’s fame extends to the small screen as well; he’s a co-creater of the early-90s TV obsession “Twin Peaks.”
Studi is a Cherokee-American actor best known for his role in “Dances with Wolves.” He’s appeared in more than 30 films, including “The Last of the Mohicans” and “Avatar.” On Twitter, Studi said he was honored to receive the award and looked forward to finally being able to say ‘I’d like to thank the Academy …’”
Wertmüller was the first woman to ever receive an Academy Award nomination for directing, for 1975’s “Seven Beauties.” The Italian director and screenwriter is also know for such films as “The Seduction of Mimi,” “Love and Anarchy” and “Swept Away.”