Oscars, Jones to Honor Vanessa Redgrave in London

by | November 7, 2011 at 8:59 AM | Oscars

Vanessa Redgrave (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Vanessa Redgrave (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

By SANDY COHEN

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Vanessa Redgrave will be honored at the film academy’s first European tribute to an actor.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says it will honor Redgrave Sunday in London, where she is starring with James Earl Jones in the stage production of “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Jones, who is to receive an honorary Oscar Saturday at the academy’s Governors Awards, will fete his co-star in person. The 80-year-old actor is skipping the Governors Awards ceremony in Los Angeles to continue “Daisy’s” run without interruption.

He plans to participate by video in the Governors Awards, where veteran makeup artist Dick Smith is also receiving an honorary Academy Award for his distinguished career in film and Oprah Winfrey will be presented with the academy’s humanitarian award.

Meanwhile, across the pond, the academy will honor Redgrave for her five decades in film. The 74-year-old actress has been nominated for six Academy Awards and won for her supporting role in 1977′s “Julia.” This latest honor does not involve an Oscar statuette.

Redgrave and Jones played Miss Daisy and her loyal chauffer, Hoke, on Broadway before the production moved to London.

The academy honored producer Jeremy Thomas in London last year. Previous London honorees include Terry Gilliam, Harold Pinter and Lewis Gilbert.

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