Mel Brooks Receives Prestigious Honorary Oscar at 97

Renowned filmmaker and actor Mel Brooks, 97, was recently bestowed with the Honorary Oscar at the esteemed Governors Awards, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This accolade, determined by the Academy's Board of Governors, is presented to individuals in recognition of their exceptional lifetime achievements and significant contributions to the film industry. The Honorary Award is a testament to Brooks' remarkable distinction and his outstanding service to the Academy.

The Governors Awards, an annual event, pays tribute to four esteemed personalities who have made indelible marks in the world of cinema. Mel Brooks joins the ranks of other distinguished recipients of this prestigious accolade, including Samuel L. Jackson, Donald Sutherland, Jackie Chan, and Cicely Tyson.

Brooks' latest achievement has garnered widespread acclaim and serves as a testament to his enduring impact on the art of filmmaking. His remarkable career and invaluable contributions to the motion picture industry have solidified his legacy as a true icon in the world of entertainment.

Mel Brooks Earns Honorary Oscar at 97

Mel Brooks, the legendary US comic and filmmaker, has been awarded a lifetime achievement Oscar at the Governors Awards, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Brooks, who is already one of the select few entertainers to win an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy, accepted the award at a black-tie gala in Hollywood on Tuesday. The 97-year-old Brooks won his only Academy Award with "The Producers" in 1969. At the ceremony, he said he wanted to “thank the academy of arts sciences and money for this wonderful award.” Brooks began his career writing for Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” and over the next 70 years would write, direct, act, produce for film, television and Broadway and write books, including a recent memoir. He is among the rare breed of EGOT-winners.

The annual event is put on by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize contributions to the industry and a life’s achievement. It used to be part of the Oscars telecast but shifted to a separate occasion in 2009, with heartfelt tributes from some of the honorees’ dearest collaborators and no time constraints on the speeches. Michelle Satter, a founder and director of the Sundance Institute’s artist programs, will also receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Angela Bassett, the actress, was also honored at the event. Noting that she was only the second Black actress to earn an honorary Oscar, after Cicely Tyson, Bassett paid tribute to other Black female Hollywood pioneers such as Hattie McDaniel, who won an Oscar for "Gone with the Wind" in 1940. It would be another half-century until McDaniel was followed by Whoopi Goldberg. "My prayer is that we leave this industry more enriched, forward-thinking and inclusive than we found it," said Bassett.

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