Actress Maureen O’Hara to Receive Honorary Oscar

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Actress Maureen O’Hara, age 94, will be receiving an honorary Oscar during an early Academy Awards ceremony on Saturday evening. She will get the statute, which happens to be her very first one at the film academy’s Governors Awards held in Los Angeles, California.

O’Hara is perhaps the most well-known for movies she performed in such as The Parent Trap, Miracle on 34th Street, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Rio Grande, How Green Was My Valley, and Sinbad the Sailor. She was also often known to work with Hollywood director John Ford. He had her appear in over five of his films, including one entitled The Quiet Man with John Wayne.

Maureen was reported to have cried when she was told the news about receiving the Oscar. She also sobbed a second time when she was being interviewed by several different news media sources about the honor bestowed upon her. O’Hara stated that it was a wonderful thing and she was very excited, but that she was having a hard time actually believing it. She explained that she kept thinking the whole thing was a joke and that someone was not being truthful with her.

O’Hara, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, exclaimed that making films was a magnificent experience. She talked about how they are stories that an actor absolutely falls in love with and the person is able to bring that story to life. When the movie ends up being a success, the actor can feel like his or her heart has almost broken in two parts. It does not come from sadness, but a person feels like his or her heart could break with happiness and joy.

Along with O’Hara, singer Harry Belafonte will also be getting an Oscar during the sixth annual Governors Awards. These high honors are to be given out at the Ray Dolby Ballroom, which is located at the Hollywood and Highland Center.

Belafonte was selected due to his work on films that have brought focus on racism and discrimination. The Academy spotlighted movies such as Odds Against Tomorrow and Carmen Jones. He was also chosen because of his vocal contribution in the civil rights movement, as well as his tireless effort and work with UNICEF.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, explained that the Governors Awards allows the Academy to look on not just the past year, but the accomplishments of a person’s lifetime. She stated that they were completely ecstatic to be able to honor such exceptional members of the film-making community, such as O’Hara and Belafonte, and being able to celebrate with them.

The Academy started the Governors Awards Ceremony in 2009 as a celebration of its honorary Oscar winners that was not shown on television. Isaacs noted that the evening was extra special due to the fact that it was intimate. It also let the Academy identify the assorted talent that the movie industry must utilize to fulfill the vision of actually making a movie.

O’Hara is said to be extremely excited about receiving her honorary Oscar. It will be the very first Academy Award the actor has ever received in her long career.

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:
My News L.A.
BBC News
Miami Herald
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