The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Robert Altman has been voted an Honorary Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy. An Oscar® statuette will be awarded Altman at the 78th Academy Awards® on March 5, 2006. Altman has never taken home an Oscar, despite receiving five Academy Award nominations for directing (M*A*S*H, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts and Gosford Park) and two nominations as a producer (Nashville and Gosford Park). Mr. Altman’s current film, “A Prairie Home Companion” is in post-production and has a planned release date of June 2006, according to it’s North American distributor Picturehouse Films.
At a press conference at the Berlinale, Robert Altman was asked whether he had felt snubbed in the past by the Academy. Altman joked: “Let’s get on their case. What’s the reason for it? I’ve always handed my name into the contest.” He then added: “I’m very happy, very proud about that. I can’t think of a better award. To me, it’s better to be recognized for all my work than just for a couple of things.” Photo of Robert Altman with Meryl Streep at the “A Prairie Home Companion” press conference in Berlin.