Blake Edwards to get honorary Oscar

Dec 12, 2003 by Ian Evans

Blake Edwards will receive an honorary Oscar® at the 76th Academy Awards on February 29th, 2004. The Honorary Award will be given to Edwards to honor his “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement.” The citation will read: “In recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen.”

“For more than 50 years, Edwards has had an extraordinary career writing, directing and producing mainly his own material,” said Academy President Frank Pierson. “And that puts him in a select and very small group of outstanding film makers.”

Edwards received his only Academy Award nomination in 1982 for his screenplay of Victor/Victoria, which starred his wife, Julie Andrews.

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