Throughout his career, the legendary David Lynch has been nominated for four Academy Awards thanks to Blue Velvet, The Elephant Man, and Mulholland Drive, but surprisingly, Lynch has never actually won an Oscar. That's about to change this October, as Lynch will be given an Honorary Oscar!
The Wrap reports, "Directors David Lynch and Lina Wertmüller and actors Geena Davis and Wes Studi have been named recipients of this year’s Governors Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Monday. All four will receive Honorary Oscars at a ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on October 27."
"These Governors Awards given by the Academy each year recognize individuals who have devoted themselves to a lifetime of artistic accomplishment and brought outstanding contributions to our industry, and beyond," said Academy President John Bailey. "It is with great pleasure that we announce this year’s recipients."
The official press release notes Lynch's lifetime achievements:
Born in Missoula, Montana, in 1946, Lynch is a filmmaker, musician and artist. He wrote, produced and directed his first full-length feature film, “Eraserhead,” in 1977. With editing, scoring and sound design also led by Lynch, the film continues to draw a large cult following. Its success brought Lynch the opportunity to direct “The Elephant Man” (1980), which received eight Oscar nominations including Directing and Adapted Screenplay for Lynch himself. His prolific career has included two more Directing nominations – for “Blue Velvet” (1986) and “Mulholland Drive” (2001) – and additional directing credits for “Dune” (1984), “Wild at Heart” (1990), “Lost Highway” (1997), “The Straight Story” (1999) and “Inland Empire” (2006).
It's worth noting that only four Honorary Oscars are awarded a year.