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Academy to honor Wajda

Writer-director to appear at UCLA workshop

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is honoring Polish writer-director Andrzej Wajda this year with a special Oscar for a body of work that spans five decades.

Wajda, in town for the Sunday night awards presentation, will be attending two unrelated local events on Friday.

At 10 a.m., he’ll visit Sound Stage 2 on the UCLA campus as part of a workshop for film and theater students. At 2 p.m., he’s scheduled to tour the Museum of Tolerance at 9760 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Wajda, who has garnered numerous honors for his work, is perhaps best known for writing and directing the 1982 French-Polish co-production “Danton,” which starred Gerard Depardieu and won the BAFTA award for best foreign film. Wajda also won France’s Cesar award for his direction of the film.

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