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Acad to salute Lehman with honorary Oscar

Statuette will be bestowed for "appreciation of a body of varied and enduring work"

Ernest Lehman will be feted with an honorary Oscar March 25 during the 73rd annual Academy Awards.

Oscar will be a first for the screenwriter-producer-director, who has garnered six nominations (four for screenplay, two for picture).

Statuette will be bestowed upon Lehman “in appreciation of a body of varied and enduring work.”

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences rules state honorary awards may be given for either “exceptional distinction in the making of motion pictures or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

Previous honorees include Kirk Douglas, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa and Elia Kazan.

‘Genuine classics’

“Ernest Lehman has written and produced some of the most memorable films ever made,” AMPAS prexy Robert Rehme said Thursday. “He is not only a prolific screenwriter, but an accomplished novelist, journalist and motion picture producer, whose films rank as genuine classics.”

Lehman has penned such notable pics as “Sabrina,” “North by Northwest,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “West Side Story.” He also produced “Woolf” and “Hello, Dolly,” both of which earned him best pic Oscar noms.

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