Angela Bassett and Mel Brooks Among 2023 Honorary Oscar Recipients

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett attends the 2023 Time100 Gala at the Lincoln Center on April 26, 2023. Bassett is among the 2023 Academy Honorary Awards recipients. Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Actor Angela Bassett, 64, and veteran comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks, 96, will receive Academy Honorary Awards this year in honour of their careers and contribution to cinema, Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has said.

The Academy announced it had voted to present the awards to two-time Oscar nominee Bassett and The Producers writer Brooks, as well as to editor Carol Littleton at its Governor Awards in November.

Michelle Satter, founding senior director of the Sundance Institute’s Artist Programs, will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

“The Academy’s Board of Governors is thrilled to honour four trailblazers who have transformed the film industry and inspired generations of filmmakers and movie fans,” Academy President Janet Yang said in a statement on Monday.


Mel Brooks poses at a premiere of the HBO documentary If You’re Not In the Obit, Eat Breakfast in Beverly Hills on May 17, 2017. Photo: Mario Anzuoni/File Photo/Reuters


“Across her decades-long career, Angela Bassett has continued to deliver transcendent performances that set new standards in acting. Mel Brooks lights up our hearts with his humour, and his legacy has made a lasting impact on every facet of entertainment,” Yang added.

“Carol Littleton’s career in film editing serves as a model for those who come after her. A pillar of the independent film community, Michelle Satter has played a vital role in the careers of countless filmmakers around the world.”

Bassett is known for portraying Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It, for which she got a best actress nomination, and performing in films like Waiting to Exhale and Black Panther. She earned a best supporting actress nod for her Black Panther: Wakanda Forever role as Queen Ramonda this year.


Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. With the role she became the first actor to ever score an Oscar nomination for a character in a Marvel movie. Photo by Annette Brown. © 2022 Marvel


Writer, director, actor and producer Brooks, who turns 98 on Wednesday, began his career writing comedy routines for Sid Caesar’s TV shows.

Brooks’s films include The Producers, for which he won an original screenplay Oscar, The Twelve Chairs, Young Frankenstein and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Littleton is known for her Oscar-nominated work on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and films like Body Heat and The Manchurian Candidate.

Satter has worked more than 40 years at the Sundance Institute, where she helped emerging filmmakers, many from under-represented communities, the Academy said.

(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian, editing by Ed Osmond)


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