Award-winning filmmaker Charles Burnett ’69, M.F.A. ’77, received an honorary Governors Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Nov. 11. The honorary Oscar celebrates lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences or outstanding service to the film academy.
Burnett received the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 1988. In 1990, he became the first African-American to collect the National Society of Film Critics’ best screenplay prize, for writing the acclaimed “To Sleep With Anger,” his first widely released film. In 2011, his body of work was the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. That same year, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in Film, Television and Digital Media from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
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