Thursday, 28 August 2014

OSCARS TO GO TO BELAFONTE, CARRIERE, MIYAZAKI AND O'HARA


After the devastating double-whammy of his retirement and the temporary closure of Studio Ghibli's animation department, it's thrilling news to read that Miyazaki Hayao will be among four richly-deserving recipients of Honorary Academy Awards this November. Many have bemoaned the Academy's decision to move the Governors Awards to a separate ceremony from the main awards show and telecast, but it has become a key event in the Hollywood calendar in its own right since then. This year's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will go to legendary actor and singer Harry Belafonte, while further Oscars will be bestowed upon one of the cinema's greatest living scribes, Jean-Claude Carriere, actor and my countrywoman, Maureen O'Hara, and Miyazaki. Hooray for all four!