Bacall, Corman, Willis to get honorary Oscars

September 11, 2009 5:19:13 AM PDT
Actress Lauren Bacall, producer-director Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis are the first Oscar winners of the season. The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the three will receive honorary Oscar statuettes.

Bacall made her screen debut with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" in 1944. She went on to star in more than 30 films. Corman has directed more than 50 films and produced more than 300 during his five-decade career, including "It Conquered the World." Willis is a two-time Academy Award nominee for "Zelig" and "The Godfather, Part III."

The board also voted to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-executive John Calley. His producing credits include "Postcards from the Edge" and "The Da Vinci Code."

All four awards will be presented at the Academy's inaugural Governors Awards gala event on Nov. 14 in Hollywood.

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