Warren Beatty has been feted with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for career achievement in film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ board of governors.
Beatty, a true multi-hyphenate, is the only person ever nominated at one time for Oscars in the producer, director, writer and actor categories. He accomplished this feat twice — once for “Heaven Can Wait” (1978) and again for “Reds” (1981), which earned him an Academy Award for directing.
The Thalberg honor, established in 1937 to recognize outstanding film producers, will be presented to Beatty on March 26 during the 72nd annual Academy Awards.
“In discussing this award for Warren, our governors stressed his passion for film, for getting it just right,” Academy prexy Robert Rehme said. “And his courage in producing pictures that many other producers might have considered too dangerous to try.”
The Academy’s cinematographer’s branch governor Conrad Hall added, “Warren’s is an illustrious career of distinguished films and the Academy could not celebrate a more deserving honoree than this artist extraordinaire.”
Beatty’s most recent project, toplining-writing-helming the political satire “Bulworth,” racked up an Oscar nom for writing in 1998.
Also noteworthy is that of the nine pics Beatty has produced, he has picked up Oscar noms for best picture for four of them — “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “Reds” and “Bugsy.”
Other Academy pats on the back for Beatty include actor noms for “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) and “Bugsy” (1991) and an original screenplay nom in 1975 for “Shampoo.”
His other producing credits include “Dick Tracy” and “Love Affair.”