Euzhan Palcy makes history again as the first black and Caribbean female director to be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made its selections for the 2022 Governor’s Awards, and for the first time a black female director will be among the winners.
Pioneering director and humanitarian Euzhan Palcy, from Martinique in the French Caribbean, joins actor Michael J. Fox, songwriter Diane Warren and director Peter Weir on November 19 when they will receive honorary Oscars® at of the ceremony in Los Angeles.
Among Palcy’s many firsts, she is the first black woman to direct a film produced by a major film studio – MGM’s, A DRY WHITE SEASON – and to receive the French César for her groundbreaking Sugar Cane Alley. The film also won many other awards.
Palcy’s films explore themes of race, gender and politics, with a focus on the perpetuated effects of colonialism.
In addition to her many accomplishments, Euzhan Palcy is the only woman to lead the legendary Marlon Brando.
Its “groundbreaking importance in international cinema is steeped in film history,” David Rubin, president of the film academy, said in a statement.
“By honoring me with an honorary Oscar, @TheAcademy honors the entire diaspora, women filmmakers and diversity! I’m extremely proud of that,” Palcy said.
The honorary Oscar statuette is awarded for extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, outstanding contributions to the state of the motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the academy.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in 1927 and is the world’s leading film-related organization, comprising over 10,000 accomplished people working in film. Learn more about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences online.