Filmmaker Blake Edwards, who directed the “Pink Panther” movies, will receive an honorary Oscar at the Academy Awards on Feb. 29.The citation will read: “In recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen.”Edwards, 81, started his career in films as an actor with “Ten Gentlemen From West Point” in 1942. He then wrote his first film “Panhandle” in 1948 and debuted as a director with the television series “Four Star Playhouse” in 1952.Edwards went on to become a prolific writer, director and producer with such credits as “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Victor/Victoria,” “A Shot in the Dark,” “The Party,” “10,” “S.O.B.,” “The Great Race,” “Operation Petticoat,” “Darling Lili,” “Experiment in Terror,” “Wild Rovers,” “Mr. Cory” and “What Did You do in the War Daddy?”Edwards received his only Academy Award nomination in 1982 for his screenplay of “Victor/Victoria,” which starred his wife, Julie Andrews.“For more than 50 years, Edwards has had an extraordinary career writing, directing and producing mainly his own material,” said Academy president Frank Pierson. “And that puts him in a select and very small group of outstanding filmmakers.”Previous recipients of honorary awards include Louis B. Mayer, Gene Kelly, Harold Lloyd, Greta Garbo, Jerome Robbins, Satyajit Ray and Chuck Jones.
/ Source: Hollywood Reporter