Because she was nominated for supporting actress awards in “Gaslight” (1944), “The Picture of Dorian Grey” (1945) and “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962). Because other memorable films in her 70-year career include “National Velvet,” “State of the Union” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Because when this consummate actress wasn’t offered worthy screen roles, she went on to win five Tonys and portray an intelligent, independent female protagonist in “Murder, She Wrote” for 12 years, hiring dozens of old Hollywood friends to play alongside her. And because this incredibly accomplished woman faced challenges by creating her own path, giving timeless performances and navigating the industry with dignity, Angela Lansbury is receiving a very deserved Honorary Academy Award.
— Cari Beauchamp
Steve Martin – Honorary Oscar
Slapstick Stylings Evoked a Bygone Era:
My childhood is littered with memories of Steve Martin — flanked by Martin Short and Chevy Chase in “Three Amigos,” angrily separating hot-dog buns in “Father of the Bride,” turning his body into a glorious slapstick vessel in “All of Me” (still perhaps his greatest film performance). What struck me then, as it does now, was the sheer physical commitment on display, a wondrous elasticity of face and form that harks back to a largely bygone tradition of screen comedy; it’s a talent not particularly well served by Hollywood these days, To watch his brilliant, risky performance in “Pennies From Heaven” or his exquisite, underloved romantic comedy “Shopgirl” is to hope that he may yet have a surprise or two in store.
— Justin Chang
Piero Tosi – Honorary Oscar
Lending Elegance to the Gorgeous and Grotesque:
Piero Tosi’s taste, elegance, and attention to detail show in the wide range of his costume designs, from Anna Magnani’s understated dresses in Luchino Visconti’s “Bellissima” to Charlotte Rampling’s S&M suspenders, black trousers and Nazi cap in Liliana Cavani’s “Night Porter.” He is most proud of Claudia Cardinale’s white ball gown in Visconti’s “The Leopard.” Tosi, now 86, started his long collaboration with Visconti on stage plays, transitioning to film starting with “Bellissima” in 1951. A six-decade career followed, during which he collaborated with most of Italy’s finest directors: Franco Zeffirelli on “La Traviata,” Vittorio De Sica on “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” (featuring Sophia Loren’s memorable strip tease) and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Medea,” for which he created the stunning costumes worn by Maria Callas.
— Nick Vivarelli
Angelina Jolie – Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Tireless Giver’s Impact Belies Her Years:
The youngest ever to receive the Jean Hersholt award, Angelina Jolie has made more than 40 field missions in the past dozen years to remote regions of the globe as goodwill ambassador and now special envoy for the U.N. High Commission for Refugees. Through her films, as well as her tireless generosity with her time and money, she advocates for the world’s most vulnerable people and passionately champions humanitarian efforts such as Doctors Without Borders, Unicef, Global Action for Children and the Malala Fund. Young she may be, but she is a worthy recipient of the Hersholt award, given “to an individual in the motion-picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”