Actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will be presented with honorary Oscars Saturday to recognize their lifetime contributions to the movie industry.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs called the honorees “true pioneers and legends in their crafts.”
The Academy’s Honorary Awards are given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”
The honors will be presented at the eighth annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Hollywood & Highland Center. The full 89th Academy Awards presentation next year is scheduled for February 26 in Hollywood.
Chan, also a stuntman, writer and director, has been performing since age 8, appearing in dozens of martial arts films in Hong Kong before becoming an international film star. His credits include “Rumble in the Bronx,” the “Rush Hour” films, “Shanghai Noon” and the recent remake of “The Karate Kid.” He also lent his voice to the “Kung Fu Panda” films.
Coates, who has been working in the industry for more than 60 years, won a film-editing Oscar for her work on “Lawrence of Arabia.” She earned nominations for the films “Becket,” “The Elephant Man,” “In the Line of Fire” and “Out of Sight.” Her credits also include “Murder on the Orient Express,” “Chaplin” and “Erin Brockovich.”
Stalmaster, who was originally a stage and screen actor, has done casting work on more than 200 feature films over more than 50 years. His credits include “Inherit the Wind,” “The Graduate,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Deliverance,” “Coming Home,” “Tootsie” and “The Right Stuff.”
Wiseman’s 50-year career as a documentarian began with “Titcut Follies,” which gave viewers an inside look at Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane. He has also explored social, cultural and government institutions, delving into topics such as domestic violence and public housing.
— City News Service