D.A. Pennebaker, Jeffrey Katzenberg to Win Honorary Oscars

side oscar D.A. Pennebaker, Jeffrey Katzenberg to Win Honorary OscarsWhile the honorary Academy Awards no longer get a devoted segment during the televised ceremony, the awards are still a big deal–a chance to honor those who slipped through the cracks and never ended up with a statue. This year’s four recipients don’t include a single actor (unlike recent years when recipients have included James Earl Jones and Lauren Bacall): they’re stuntman Hal Needham, documentarian D.A. Pennebaker, American Film Institute founder George Stevens Jr., and DreamWorks executive Jeffrey Katzenberg (who receives a special Humanitarian Award for his philanthropy). Mr. Needham is a legendary stuntman who also directed Cannonball Run, while Mr. Pennebaker is famous for films including¬†Monterey Pop and the Bill Clinton documentary¬†The War Room.

The four men will, if experience is guide, receive a brief tribute at next spring’s Oscar ceremony.