Wes Studi will be handed out an Academy Award
At the Governors Awards, which will take place in October 2019, Wes Studi will be one of many performers to obtain an honorary Academy Award. He tweeted: “I am deeply honored and humbled.”. Nearly half a century after Marlon Brando refused his Oscar due to a lack of diversity, a Native American actor is set to be one of the stars of the evening.
Other actors to be honoured at the event
Aside from Wes Studi, several popular names have been mentioned. Despite having already won an Oscar before, Geena Davis will be receiving another prize for her humanitarian deeds. The filmmakers Lina Wertmuller and David Lynch have also been selected. The latter has notably directed ‘The Elephant Man’, ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘Mulholland Drive’.
Wes Studi will receive an Academy Award © TIZIANA FABI / AFP
A word about the ceremony
An annual event presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the upcoming evening was initially launched in 2009. Before that, the prizes were handed out at the Academy Award. Previous performers to have been awarded a prize include Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones.
A brief review of the veteran performer’s career
Of Cherokee descent, Wes Studi featured in many Academy Award-winning films. The most notable performances of the Native American actor include ‘Dances with Wolves’, ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ and ‘Street Fighter’.