Saturday, 26 June 2021 09:32

Entertainment Reporter.

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Actors Samuel L Jackson and Danny Glover, Norwegian actor Liv Ullmann and actor-director Elaine May will receive honorary Oscars ahead of the main 2022 gala, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced.

Jackson, May and Ullmann will be given honorary statuettes, while Glover will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Awards on 15 January, the Academy 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," said Academy President David Rubin.

Glover, 74, first earned widespread recognition on the big screen in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of The Colour Purple (1985) before starring opposite Mel Gibson in the popular Lethal Weapon cop buddy movies.

"Danny Glover's decades-long advocacy for justice and human rights reflects his dedication to recognising our shared humanity on and off the screen," Rubin said.

Jackson, 72, has appeared in dozens of films, earning an Oscar nomination for his indelible turn in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994).

He has appeared in multiple Marvel movies as the eyepatch-wearing onetime SHIELD boss Nick Fury, wielded a lightsaber in the Star Wars universe as Jedi master Mace Windu, and delivered an unforgettable line in Snakes on a Plane.

Ullmann, 82, was introduced to international audiences in Ingmar Bergman's Persona and would go on to make many films with the Swedish director. She earned two Oscar nominations for best actress in the 1970s.

Rubin said her "bravery and emotional transparency has gifted audiences with deeply affecting screen portrayals."

May, 89, achieved great success through her comedy partnership with Mike Nichols before going on to earn Oscar nominations for writing the screenplays for Heaven Can Wait and Primary Colors.

She also directed several films including A New LeafThe Heartbreak Kid and Ishtar.

"Elaine May's bold, uncompromising approach to filmmaking, as a writer, director and actress, reverberates as loudly as ever with movie lovers," Rubin said.