Hollywood.- He is the actor with the highest-grossing movies in history, but Samuel L. Jackson had never won an Oscar until 2022, when he received the honorary statuette from the Academy.
The 73-year-old artist, known for his work with Spike Lee or Quentin Tarantino and his regular appearances in the Marvel or Star Wars sagas, had only received an Oscar nomination for his role in Pulp Fiction.
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Jackson received the honorary award for career achievement at a star-studded gala in Hollywood, just two days before the Oscars.
“152 movie titles, $27 billion at the box office, more than any other actor in history,” said Denzel Washington introducing the honoree, who was seated next to director Quentin Tarantino.
When he took the stage, the actor recalled his long career that also includes Jurassic Park or Die Hard 3: revenge.
“It’s been a pleasure to leave an indelible mark on the audience as ‘gangster number two,’ ‘heist man,’ or ‘unforgettable black guy,’ to name a few,” he joked.
Norwegian actress Liv Ulmann, one of the favorites of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, famous for her roles in the classic films Persona and Secrets of a Marriage, and Elaine May, who broke barriers for women in comedy and address.
Ulmann, 83, earned two best actress Oscar nominations in the 1970s for “The Emigrants” and “Face to Face.”
“To the few who say that she would never have been considered one of our great actresses without Ingmar Bergman, I would reply that Bergman probably would not have been considered one of our great filmmakers without Liv Ullman,” said John Lithgow in presenting the award.
Comedian Bill Murray was in charge of presenting the award to Elaine May, 89, nominated for an Oscar for best screenplay with Heaven Can Wait or Primary Colors.
The honorary awards are presented each year to recognize an artist’s career and have been held at a different event since 2009.
An award for political activism was also presented during the ceremony to Danny Glover, 75, star of the Lethal Weapon franchise and Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple.
Glover has combined his 40-year career with campaigning for multiple causes, from the civil rights movement in the United States to the fight against apartheid in South Africa.