Acclaimed and influential Italian director Federico Fellini, whose films have won four best foreign-language Oscars, has been voted an honorary Academy Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The Oscar will be presented to the internationally renowned director “in recognition of his cinematic accomplishments that have thrilled and entertained worldwide audiences.”

Honorary Oscars are awarded at the discretion of the Academy’s Board of Governors and are not handed out every year. Academy members from all branches make recommendations for the honorary Oscars.

Past winners include last year’s recipient, director Satyajit Ray, as well as Sophia Loren, Paul Newman, Hal Roach, Groucho Marx, Charles Chaplin and Orson Welles.

Fellini’s 1954 “La Strada” was the first of the director’s films to receive a best foreign-language Oscar. His other films that received the award were “The Nights of Cabiria” (1957), “8 1/2″ (1963) and “Amarcord” (1973).

Fellini, who also wrote or co-wrote the scripts for many of his films, has received eight nominations in the writing category.

He also received directing nominations for “La Dolce Vita,” which won the Grand Prize at the 1961 Cannes Festival, “8 1/2,””Satyricon” (1970) and “Amarcord.”

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