Honorary Oscar for Donald Sutherland
As Hollywood continues reeling from the growing sexual harassment scandal, the first Oscars of awards season are being presented to four film-industry veterans.
The film academy's ninth annual Governors Awards ceremony on Saturday will celebrate the careers of: actor Donald Sutherland, writer-director Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman and director Agnes Varda. Each will receive an Oscar statuette.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president John Bailey called the honorary award recipients "very representative of the breadth of filmmaking." None has won an Oscar before, though Roizman was nominated five times.Jazz and pop singer Keely Smith dies at 89
The private, untelevised dinner gala at the Hollywood & Highland complex is traditionally a who's who of the film industry and forthcoming Oscar season.
Highlights from the evening will likely be included in the 90th annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018.
Sutherland has appeared in films of every genre, with more than 140 credits over his more than 50 years in Hollywood, but the Canadian actor has never been nominated for an Academy Award.Controversies rock Hollywood in 2017
"It had never occurred to me, not even remotely ... that people would think to honour me in such a way," the 82-year-old said in a recent interview.