Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds are the season's first Oscar winners.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that the filmmaker and two actresses will receive honorary Academy Awards Nov. 14 at its annual Governors Awards ceremony in Hollywood.
Lee and Rowlands will receive honorary Oscars for their career achievements. Each has two previous nominations.
Lee's came for his original screenplay for 1989's "Do the Right Thing" and for his 1997 documentary feature, "4 Little Girls." Rowlands' were for lead actress in 1974's "A Woman Under the Influence" and in 1980s "Gloria."
Reynolds, a best actress Oscar nominee for 1964's "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her more than 50 years of work promoting awareness and treatment of mental health issues.
Bush seeks to cash in on Colbert debut
Jeb Bush isn't just going to be a guest on Stephen Colbert's late-night debut on CBS. He's turned it into a fundraising opportunity. Bush has sent a letter to potential supporters, offering a "VIP ticket" to the taping of Colbert's first show on Sept. 8, in a renovated Ed Sullivan Theatre in Manhattan. The winner also gets an all-expenses paid trip to New York for the event. Bush asks for a $3 donation to enter. "Running for president can be a taxing and grueling job, but it also presents you with some truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunities," Bush wrote. "Friend, I want to share one of those opportunities with you." The raffle puts CBS in an awkward spot, seeming to take part in a presidential candidate's attempt to raise money, and the network distanced itself from the effort.
honor: Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett will receive a major career honor at this year's London Film festival, where two of her latest films are screening. The Australian actress will be presented with the British Film Institute Fellowship at an Oct. 17 ceremony. BFI Chairman Greg Dyke said Thursday that Blanchett was "a compelling and brave actress whose mesmerizing screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles."
making the cut: Antonio Banderas has swapped film for fashion, at least temporarily. The "Mask of Zorro" star is studying at Central Saint Martins, the London college that trained designers Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. The 55-year-old Spanish actor told a British TV show earlier this year that he aspired to study fashion.