The veteran actor, songster and producer extraordinaire, Harry Belafonte is about to receive a special Oscar award. Three other people besides him will be awarded one too.
He is a man for all seasons. Harry Belafonte, who is getting on in years, will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in the first half of November.
Tinsel Town is to be the venue of choice. The honorary award is being bestowed upon this versatile individual by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
A few others who will also be honored with the accolades and matching trophies are: screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, anime expert Hayao Miyazaki and silver screen siren Maureen O’Hara.
These laurels of distinction are being given as a token of gratitude to each of these four people for their having influenced a generation via their supremely talented selves.
All four are firmly established as a regular part and parcel of the traditional cinematic community. They have left behind them an indelible impact on a diverse and variegated audience.
Belafonte in particular has spent more than half a century pinpointing the racial divide in America and the class war. He has portrayed characters on screen that evoke the spirit that inspired Martin Luther King Jr.
Such films of his as Carmen Jones and Odds against Tomorrow not to mention The World, the Flesh and the Devil, have lit up the lives of so many by their inherent message of justice and fair play.
Belafonte himself was a comrade-in-arms who protested peacefully in the civil rights movement alongside MLK. In the mid-80s, he was nominated UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Some of the VIPs who have followed in his footsteps in recent times include Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Meanwhile, Miyazaki has made quite a few films and is a success story par excellence.
As for Carriere, his work deserves notice and praise for its high quality and the painstaking effort that went into each project he completed.
Finally, the Irish actress Maureen O’Hara appeared in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She too will be getting an Academy Award for her crucial role in the history of cinema.