Peter O’Toole will be feted with an Honorary Oscar during the 75th anniversary Academy Awards on March 23.
Honorary nods — whose recipients are chosen by the Acad board of governors — are bestowed for “exceptional distinction in the making of motion pictures or for outstanding service to the Academy.”
O’Toole’s performances have “ignited the screen for more than four decades,” said Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences prexy Frank Pierson. “He’s seven times been nominated as best actor, which puts him in extremely rarefied air for a performer. The board of governors felt it was time for him to hold his own Oscar in his hands.”
Citation on thesp’s Oscar will read “Peter O’Toole — whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters.”
O’Toole was nominated in the lead actor category for “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), “Becket” (1964), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (1969), “The Ruling Class” (1972), “The Stunt Man” (1980) and “My Favorite Year” (1982).
Previous honorary recipients include D.W. Griffith, Bob Hope (twice), Gene Kelly, Jean Renoir, Alex North, Federico Fellini, Chuck Jones and Sidney Poitier.