Michael J. UKTN Wins Academy Humanitarian Award; Diane Warren finally wins her Oscar

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Songwriter Diane Warren, who set an Oscar record for most best song nominations without a win, will finally receive her Oscar at the upcoming Governors Awards.

Warren will receive a lifetime achievement Oscar, alongside filmmaker Euzhan Palcy and director Peter Weir, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday.

‘Back to the Future’ star Michael J. UKTN will receive the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

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UKTN, 61, has been a strong advocate in his battle with Parkinson’s since he was first diagnosed at 29.

“Michael J. UKTN’s tireless advocacy for Parkinson’s disease research, along with his boundless optimism, exemplifies the impact of one person in changing the future of millions of people,” said the statement from the Academy. The award is given to a person “whose humanitarian efforts have brought honor to the industry”.

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UKTN announced earlier this year that he would no longer be taking acting roles due to his declining memory abilities due to illness.

Best-selling singer-songwriter Diane Warren is the most nominated woman in Oscar history without a win. His 13th nomination for Best Original Song, “Somehow You Do,” is up for the March 27 Oscars.

Warren, 65, added to her record Best Song nominations at the 2022 Oscars with a nod to “Somehow You Do,” performed by country music singer Reba McEntire in the drama “Four Good Days.” The song lost to the James Bond theme “No Time to Die”.

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The songwriter has earned a nomination in each of the past five decades since 1987, totaling 13 nominations without a win, with collaborations with Cher, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga, John Legend and Carlos Santana.

Palcy, a screenwriter, director and producer born in Martinique in the French West Indies, won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1983 for her debut film “Sugar Cane Alley”, a first for a black female director. Palcy directed “A Dry White Season” during the height of apartheid in South Africa, becoming the first black woman to direct a film for a major Hollywood studio. Palcy’s work has been “an inspiration to filmmakers, contemporary artists and novelists”, according to the Academy output.

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Visionary Australian filmmaker Weir was nominated for Oscars for ‘Witness’, ‘Dead Poets Society’, ‘The Truman Show’ and ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’, for which he also received a nomination for the best film. His other notable films include ‘The Way Back’, ‘Fearless’, ‘The Mosquito Coast’, ‘The Year of Living Dangerously’ and ‘Gallipoli’.

The four Oscar statuettes will be presented at the 13th annual Governors Awards on November 19.

The next honors will come just months after the 12th Annual Governors Awards, which honored Danny Glover, Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May and Liv Ullman with a ceremony in March, delayed from its original January date due to the spread of COVID-19.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Michael J. UKTN for Governors Award; Diane Warren finally wins the Oscar

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