Cicely Tyson, Spielberg’s Publicist and 3 Others Will Get Honorary Oscars

Posted September 5, 2018 10:57 p.m. EDT

LOS ANGELES — Steven Spielberg’s publicist, the composer of the “Mission: Impossible” theme song, Cicely Tyson and two powerhouse producers will be celebrated at the 2018 Governors Awards, also known as the Honorary Oscars.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said late Wednesday that Oscar statuettes would be awarded to Marvin Levy, who has worked in film publicity for five decades, the last four with Spielberg; Lalo Schifrin, who has written scores for roughly 100 films, including “Dirty Harry” and “The Cincinnati Kid,” in addition to the “Mission: Impossible” tune; and Tyson, whose 91 acting credits include “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “Sounder,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award in 1973.

Levy will be the first publicist to receive an Oscar.

In addition, the academy decided to grant its Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for producing for the first time in eight years. The trophy, a bust of Thalberg, who was head of production at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1920s and ‘30s, will go to Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, who have worked together since 1991. (They are also married.)

Kennedy, who runs Lucasfilm, the Disney-owned “Star Wars” studio, is an eight-time Oscar nominee for producing films like “The Color Purple” and “Lincoln” with Spielberg. Kennedy, who got her start as Spielberg’s secretary, will be the first woman to receive the Thalberg Award, which was last given to Francis Ford Coppola in 2010.

Marshall, who recently helped complete Orson Welles’ “The Other Side of the Wind,” is a five-time Oscar nominee for producing films like “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with Spielberg. Marshall also produced the five Jason Bourne movies.

The 54-member board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has about 8,350 active members, picked the recipients in a vote Tuesday night. The trophies will be handed out Nov. 18 in Los Angeles at a nontelevised, black-tie dinner that also serves as a major campaign stop for those hoping for recognition at the 91st Academy Awards, which will be held Feb. 24.