Friday, May 24, 2024

Special Oscars Go to: Angela Lansbury, Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Piero Tosi


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced the Governors Awards, aka Special Oscars for Lifetime achievement or humanitarian acts. They are a little surprising but the Governors knew what they wanted. The least surprising is Angelina Jolie for the Jean Hersholt Award. Jolie is relatively young, but she’s shlepped all over the world and into dangerous places on humanitarian missions. She definitely deserves something. Plus her battle with cancer was a watershed moment because it opened a discussion worldwide.

The special Oscars go to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, and Italian director Piero Tosi. Lansbury is really a Broadway and TV icon. Her movie career, with “The Manchurian Candidate,” is good, but it’s not really a Hollywood legend. Anyway, everyone loves Angela Lansbury.

Steve Martin? He’s made a lot of good movies, he’s very funny, and has a great art collection. His selection is out of left field, but maybe he’s representing all the “Saturday Night Live” people. His best film work was in “Grand Canyon,” I thought. And he writes terrific pieces for The New Yorker.

Tosi is a famous Italian costume designer who’s worked with many key directors. He has two Oscar nominations. His first film was in 1952.

What happened to Doris Day? I don’t know if they asked again and she turned it down again. But I know from being on committees there’s a lot of politicking. In the end, the four awardees are all very talented, and certainly deserve the honor.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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