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Academy To Award Thalberg to Coppola, Honorary Oscars to Brownlow, Godard, Wallach

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 25, 2010 at 4:29AM

The Motion Picture Academy's board of governors took a vote Tuesday night on this year's honorary Oscar winners, and came up with a remarkable list.
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The Motion Picture Academy's board of governors took a vote Tuesday night on this year's honorary Oscar winners, and came up with a remarkable list.

The coveted Irving G. Thalberg award goes to director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather saga). Honorary awards will go to Brit historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, who wrote the must-read silent cinema text The Parade's Gone By and restored Abel Gance's Napoleon; French critic-turned-director and grand semiotician Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless, Contempt); and actor Eli Wallach (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), who at age 94 turned in a canny cameo in Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer this year and also stars in Oliver Stone's upcoming Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

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I look forward to the awards dinner on November 13 at the Kodak Theatre. Last year's inaugural event, honoring the likes of Lauren Bacall, Gordon Willis and Roger Corman, was a night to remember. This year, ex-Academy president Sid Ganis and the co-producer of the next Academy Awards, Don Mischer, will produce. Stated Academy President Tom Sherak:

“Each of these honorees has touched movie audiences worldwide and influenced the motion picture industry through their work. It will be an honor to celebrate their extraordinary achievements and contributions at the Governors Awards.”

Here's more:

The Honorary Award, an Oscar® statuette, is given to an individual for “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”
 
The Thalberg Award, a bust of the motion picture executive, is given to "a creative producer whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.