After more than 40 years in the industry and with some incredible titles to his name Samuel L. Jackson is finally getting his hands on an Oscar and I think I speak for all of us when I say it’s about mother f***ing time. Jackson, 72, will be given an honorary Oscar at the 12th Governors Awards on Jan 15, 2022, alongside comedian and actor Elaine May and Norweigain actor Liv Ullmann, while actor Danny Glover will be awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President David Rubin said in a statement: “We are thrilled to present this year’s Governors Awards to four honourees who have had a profound impact on both film and society. “Sam Jackson is a cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres and generations and audiences worldwide, while Elaine May’s bold, uncompromising approach to filmmaking, as a writer, director and actress, reverberates as loudly as ever with movie lovers.
“Liv Ullmann’s bravery and emotional transparency has gifted audiences with deeply affecting screen portrayals, and Danny Glover’s decades-long advocacy for justice and human rights reflects his dedication to recognising our shared humanity on and off the screen.” Jackson is the highest grossing actor of all time – if you exclude cameos – and has starred in more than 150 films. As you can probably imagine, fans of the actor were delighted with the news, with posting on Twitter: “Couldn’t be more deserved!
“Should have received an Oscar purely for his skilful use of the word Mother f***er …and I’m being serious. Congratulations!” Another wrote: “LONG overdue! Congratulations to the actor who can make me watch any movie he is in! You should have won for A Time to Kill, Pulp Fiction, and Django Unchained in my opinion. “AND – Snakes on a Plane is VERY underrated!” While a third posted: “For all the joy and energy you bring to Hollywood, it’s about time they honor your work. Truly one of a kind!”