The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced a new date for their annual Governors Awards to honor Danny Glover, Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May and Liv Ullmann. The event will now be held on Friday, March 25, two days before the 94th annual Oscars ceremony.
Initially slated for Jan. 15, before postponing due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the 12th annual ceremony will be scaled down in size and produced by Emmy nominee Jennifer Fox (“The Tale”).
The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.” This year that will go to Jackson, May and Ullmann.
Meanwhile, Glover will receive The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.” Glover will join the list of past honorees, including Angelina Jolie, Debbie Reynolds and last year’s recipient, Tyler Perry.
Jackson has received one acting nomination for supporting actor during his long and impressive career. It came for his work as Jules Winnfield in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” (1994), ultimately losing the prize to Martin Landau for “Ed Wood.”
Ullmann has been nominated twice for lead actress, both for non-English language roles. The first came with Ingmar Bergman’s “Face to Face” (1971), while the other was for the best picture-nominated “The Emigrants” (1972), which represented Sweden as the international feature submission one year prior.
A jack of all trades as an actress, writer and director, May has received two career nominations for adapted screenplay – “Heaven Can Wait” (1978), which she shared with her co-writer Warren Beatty and “Primary Colors” (1998). Unfortunately, she lost both noms to Oliver Stone’s “Midnight Express” and Bill Condon’s “Gods and Monsters,” respectively.
Sadly, despite a treasure trove of memorable roles and performances for his work in films such as “The Color Purple” (1985) and “Beloved” (1998), Glover has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
The Oscar nominations were announced earlier this week, where Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” led the field with 12 nominations, followed by Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” with 10. Other nominees at this year’s ceremony, produced by Will Packer, include Will Smith (“King Richard”), Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”) and Billie Eilish (“No Time to Die”).
The Oscars will air on Sunday, March 25.