All honorary Oscar recipients have achieved the ultimate recognition in Hollywood. From the first ceremony in 1929, the Academy has handed out honorary Oscars to cinematic luminaries and companies whose achievements were too great to ignore.
Among the first honorary Oscar winners were two of the most famous figures in film history, Charlie Chaplin and Walt Disney, who won honorary Oscars for creating Mickey Mouse and producing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In addition to people, companies like Warner Bros. Entertainment and Technicolor can also be included on the list of those to receive an Academy honorary award.
Perhaps the most prestigious award is the Oscar lifetime achievement award, celebrating the entire body of work prodcued by an individual. Among the winners of the lifetime achievement Oscar are Chaplin, Orson Welles, and Gary Cooper.
So spend some time checking out every honorary Academy Award winner and remembering their tremendous achievements.
2018: "whose unforgettable performances and personal integrity have inspired generations of filmmakers, actors and audiences"
2018: "in recognition of his unique musical style, compositional integrity and influential contributions to the art of film scoring"
2018: "for an exemplary career in publicity that has brought films to the minds, hearts and souls of audiences all over the world"
2017: "her compassion and curiosity inform a uniquely personal cinema"
2017: "for a lifetime of indelible characters, rendered with unwavering truthfulness"
2017: "his expansive visual style and technical innovation have advanced the art of cinematography"
2017: "a resolutely independent and influential film pioneer who has chronicled the lives of black Americans with eloquence and insight"
2016: "Wiseman has made one film almost every year since 1967, illuminating lives in the context of social, cultural and government institutions"
2016: "in her more than 60 years as a film editor, she has worked side by side with many leading directors on an impressive range of films"
2016: "over five decades, he applied his talents to more than 200 feature films... and has been instrumental in the careers of celebrated actors"
2016: "Chan starred in – and sometimes wrote, directed and produced – more than 30 martial arts features in his native Hong Kong, charming audiences with his dazzling athleticism, inventive stunt work and boundless charisma."
2015: "an original talent whose devotion to her craft has earned her worldwide recognition as an independent film icon"
2015: "a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers"
2014: "One of Hollywood's brightest stars, whose inspiring performances glowed with passion, warmth and strength."
2014: "has deeply influenced animation forever, inspiring generations of artists to work in our medium and illuminate its limitless potential..."
2014: "To Jean-Claude Carrière, whose elegantly crafted screenplays elevate the art of screenwriting to the level of literature."
2013: "a visionary whose incomparable costume designs shaped timeless, living art in motion pictures."
2013: "in recognition of his extraordinary talents and the unique inspiration he has brought to the art of motion pictures."
2013: "an entertainment icon who has created some of cinema's most memorable characters, inspiring generations of actors."
2012: "A tireless champion of the arts in America and especially that most American of arts: the Hollywood film"
2012: "A pioneer in improving stunt technology and safety procedures..."
2012: "..[H]as inspired generations of filmmakers with his "you are here" style. He is considered one of the founders of the cinéma vérité movement..."
2011: "for his unparalleled mastery of texture, shade, form and illusion"
2011: "for his legacy of consistent excellence and uncommon versatility"
2010: "for a lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters."