Honorary Oscars to go to Bacall, Corman and Willis
John Calley, veteran studio exec and producer, has been tapped to receive the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ prestigious Thalberg Award.Lauren Bacall, Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis have also been selected for honorary Oscars. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Nov. 14 at the Acad’s inaugural Governors Awards event, to be held in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. Calley began his career as an exec at Filmways Inc. in 1960. He went on to hold top posts at Warner Bros., United Artists and Sony Pictures Entertainment. As a producer he’s shepherded such pics as “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels and Demons,” “Postcards from the Edge,” “The Remains of the Day” and “Closer.” The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award is given to producers whose work “reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production.” Bacall is a legend of the big screen but has earned only one Oscar nom, for supporting actress in 1996’s “The Mirror Has Two Faces.” Producer Corman is known for his prolific output of low-budget pics for more than five decades. His productions gave early breaks to such luminaries as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ron Howard and Jonathan Demme. Willis served as d.p. on landmark pics ranging from “The Godfather” and “The Godfather, Part II” to “All the President’s Men” and “Annie Hall.” He’s earned two career Oscar noms, for 1983’s “Zelig” and 1990’s “The Godfather, Part III.” “These four individuals have each, in their own unique way, made lasting impressions on the motion picture industry and audiences worldwide,” said AMPAS prexy Tom Sherak.