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Updated September 19, 2020 191 items

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.

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    Lina Wertmüller is listed (or ranked) 191 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2019: "When you meet her, you understand immediately you are in the presence of incredible talent."

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    Wes Studi is listed (or ranked) 190 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2019: "For all Wes's practical skill with words it's still how he uses them that makes him such a brilliant actor."

  • 189
    David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 189 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2019: "You have to let his quiet guide you. Simply put, you can tell what he likes and doesn't like just by looking at him."

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    Cicely Tyson is listed (or ranked) 188 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2018: "whose unforgettable performances and personal integrity have inspired generations of filmmakers, actors and audiences"

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    #904 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#10 of 225 The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

  • 187
    Lalo Schifrin is listed (or ranked) 187 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

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    2018: "in recognition of his unique musical style, compositional integrity and influential contributions to the art of film scoring"

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    #177 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters#76 of 164 The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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    Agnès Varda is listed (or ranked) 186 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2017: "her compassion and curiosity inform a uniquely personal cinema"

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    Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 185 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2017: "for a lifetime of indelible characters, rendered with unwavering truthfulness"

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  • 184
    Owen Roizman is listed (or ranked) 184 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2017: "his expansive visual style and technical innovation have advanced the art of cinematography"

  • 183
    Charles Burnett is listed (or ranked) 183 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2017: "a resolutely independent and influential film pioneer who has chronicled the lives of black Americans with eloquence and insight"

  • 182
    Frederick Wiseman is listed (or ranked) 182 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2016: "Wiseman has made one film almost every year since 1967, illuminating lives in the context of social, cultural and government institutions"

  • 181
    Anne V. Coates is listed (or ranked) 181 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    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"

  • 180
    Lynn Stalmaster is listed (or ranked) 180 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2016: "over five decades, he applied his talents to more than 200 feature films... and has been instrumental in the careers of celebrated actors"

  • 179
    Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 179 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    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."

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    Gena Rowlands is listed (or ranked) 178 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2015: "an original talent whose devotion to her craft has earned her worldwide recognition as an independent film icon"

  • 177
    Spike Lee is listed (or ranked) 177 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2015: "a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers"

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    Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 176 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2014: "One of Hollywood's brightest stars, whose inspiring performances glowed with passion, warmth and strength."

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    Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 175 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2014: "has deeply influenced animation forever, inspiring generations of artists to work in our medium and illuminate its limitless potential..."

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    Jean-Claude Carrière is listed (or ranked) 174 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2014: "To Jean-Claude Carrière, whose elegantly crafted screenplays elevate the art of screenwriting to the level of literature."

  • 173
    Piero Tosi is listed (or ranked) 173 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2013: "a visionary whose incomparable costume designs shaped timeless, living art in motion pictures."

  • 172
    Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 172 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2013: "in recognition of his extraordinary talents and the unique inspiration he has brought to the art of motion pictures."

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    Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 171 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2013: "an entertainment icon who has created some of cinema's most memorable characters, inspiring generations of actors."

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  • 170
    George Stevens Jr. is listed (or ranked) 170 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2012: "A tireless champion of the arts in America and especially that most American of arts: the Hollywood film"

  • 169
    Hal Needham is listed (or ranked) 169 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2012: "A pioneer in improving stunt technology and safety procedures..."

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    D. A. Pennebaker is listed (or ranked) 168 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    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..."

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    Dick Smith is listed (or ranked) 167 on the list And The (Honorary) Academy Award Goes To ...

    2011: "for his unparalleled mastery of texture, shade, form and illusion"

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