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Honorary Oscar to be presented to D. A. Pennebaker


The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to present an Honorary Awards to documentarian D. A. Pennebaker. The award will be presented at the Academy's 4th Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, December 1.

D A Pennebaker

D. A. Pennebaker is one of the pioneers of modern nonfiction film. He has directed more than 20 feature-length documentaries, including "Don't Look Back," "Monterey Pop," "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," "Moon over Broadway," "Kings of Pastry" and "The War Room," for which he received an Oscar nomination.

During his career of more than six decades, Pennebaker has inspired generations of filmmakers with his "fly on the wall" style. He is one of the founders of the cinéma vérité movement, beginning with his collaboration on the seminal 1960 film "Primary."

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given to an individual for "extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy."

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