Manny P. here…
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night to present an Honorary Award to Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte. Both will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8th, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland Center.
MAUREEN O’HARA HARRY BELAFONTE
O’Hara, a native of Dublin, Ireland, came to Hollywood in 1939 to co-star opposite Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She went on to appear in a varied range of celluloid, including swashbucklers The Black Swan and Sinbad the Sailor, family classics Miracle on 34th Street and The Parent Trap, the spy comedy Our Man in Havana, and numerous Westerns. She was a favorite of director John Ford, who cast her in five features, including How Green Was My Valley, Rio Grande and The Quiet Man.
An actor, producer, singer and lifelong activist, Belafonte began performing in theaters and nightclubs in and around Harlem, where he was born. From the beginning of his film career, he chose projects that shed needed light on racism and inequality, including Carmen Jones, and The World, the Flesh, and the Devil. He was a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, marching and organizing alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and funding initiatives with his entertainment income. Belafonte was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1987 and currently serves on the boards of the Advancement Project and the Institute for Policy Studies. His work on behalf of children, education, famine relief, AIDS awareness, and civil rights has taken him all over the world.
The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is 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 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.
Congratulations to these most worthy recipients.
Until next time> “never forget”