Michael J. Fox, Diane Warren, Peter Weir and Euzhan Palcy honored at Governors Awards
Michael and Diane Warren are both winners of the Governors Awards presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Academy of Actors.
Michael J. Fox, pictured here with Euzhan Palcy, is the winner of the Governors Award for Lifetime Achievement in Film. Fox was the first member of his family to attend college. He went on to become one of the world’s most successful and critically acclaimed actors and directors.
“You can see his love and dedication to the art of acting in his many film appearances and television appearances,” said the judges. “His life and career have created an example for all actors. We honor him today for his decades of excellence.”
Fox is the recipient of the Governors Award for Lifetime Achievement in Film, which recognizes the achievements and contributions of an actor who has achieved a lifetime of excellence in the entertainment industry and to the public good.
Fox attended Cornell University and earned a liberal arts degree from Oxford University in England. As a result of his liberal arts degree, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship which he used to study acting. After returning to New York, Fox attended the Juilliard School and began working in the theater. In 1972, he won both the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for his performance in Peter Brook’s The Great White Hope. He subsequently achieved international success as an actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Along with supporting actors Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Richard Lewis, George Takei, and Morgan Freeman, he was the first African American actor to win the Academy Award, the Golden Globe Award, the Emmy and the Grammy Award. He has received an Academy Honorary Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Diane Warren, a Golden Globe and Academy Award winner, is a nominee for the Governors Award for Lifetime Achievement in Film. She was the first African-American woman to ever win an academy award, the first actress to win an Emmy and the first woman director to win an Oscar. She directed the acclaimed Broadway play, The Normal Heart, which was nominated for Best Play, and the movie The Hours, which was submitted for an Oscar in 1992. She has won numerous awards, including the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award, Academy Award Best Picture and the Golden Globe Award Best