August 13, 2022

The Honorary Oscar (until 1949 Special Award) is a special prize awarded by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The winners are selected based on three criteria: outstanding life's work extraordinary contributions to the further development of the film outstanding commitment to the AcademyThe prize can be awarded to individuals, organizations or companies; in the early days it was also awarded to individual films. It can be in the form of an Oscar, but also in any other form determined by the Academy's Board of Governors – this could be an honorary membership, medal, certificate or similar. Since 1961, the honorary Oscar has always been an Oscar statuette. Since 1990, the prize has only been awarded to individuals. The honorary Oscar can also be awarded to several prizewinners in one year; but there are also years in which no such award was made. The most successful in the history of the Oscars was Bob Hope, who was awarded an honorary Oscar four times. Today, honorary Oscars often act unofficially as a kind of "compensation" for filmmakers who are well known or who have been nominated for an Oscar many times but never got it. Since 2009, the honorary awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are no longer presented during the Oscar ceremony, but are presented several months beforehand as Governors Awards in a separate ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center. The following people, films and institutions were each awarded an honorary Oscar: Info: The years refer to the year of the Oscar ceremony. Even though the honorary Oscars have been awarded as part of the Governors Awards in October to December of the previous year since 2010, they are still attributed to the year in which the Oscars were awarded. The honorary Oscar for humanitarian merit is the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

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