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365 Days of Oscar: This Year’s Honorary Awardees

This week, the Academy announced this year’s recipients of their annual honorary Oscars.

  • Quincy Jones: A seven-time Oscar-nominated songwriter and musician who was the first Black producer to be nominated for best picture
  • Juliet Taylor: Woody Allen’s casting director who will receive the award for lifetime achievement
  • Barbara Broccoli: A James Bond producer
  • Richard Curtis: A screenwriter and director 

Not a bad list. I love that Juliet Taylor, a casting titan, gets her just desserts. And Richard Curtis is great; in addition to helming many a rom-com, he also created Comic Relief. Jones is a head-scratcher, as he already got the Hersholt award three decades ago. Oh well.

This article is part of a special year-long series of anecdotes, reflections and thoughts about the Academy Awards.