Four recipients named for honorary Academy Awards

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LOS ANGELES >> Actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentarian Frederick Wiseman are getting honorary Academy Awards.

The film academy announced Thursday that the four industry veterans will receive Oscar statuettes at the annual Governors Awards ceremony in November.

The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, described the recipients as "true pioneers and legends in their crafts."

Chan has starred in and produced dozens of films, dazzling with his stunts and martial arts. His most recent credit is "Skiptrace" with Johnny Knoxville.

Coates won an Academy Award for her editing work on "Lawrence of Arabia." She received four other Oscar nominations during her career, working with such directors as Sidney Lumet, Richard Attenborough and Steven Soderbergh.

Stalmaster has been casting since the mid-1950s. His credits include "The Graduate," ''Fiddler on the Roof," ''Harold and Maude," and "Tootsie."

Wiseman started making documentaries in 1967. His most recent was last year's "In Jackson Heights," about a community in Queens, New York, considered one of the most culturally diverse in the U.S.

Honorary Oscars recognize lifetime achievement and exceptional contributions to film.

The eighth annual Governors Awards will be presented at a private dinner ceremony on Nov. 12 at the Hollywood & Highland Center. While the event is generally untelevised, clips may be included in the 2017 Academy Awards telecast on Feb. 26.


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