"Beverly Hills, CA (September 10, 2009) — The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted tonight to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-executive John Calley, and Honorary Awards to actress Lauren Bacall, producer-director Roger Corman, and cinematographer Gordon Willis. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s inaugural Governors Awards event on Saturday, November 14, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center."
Best news today! Roger Corman will get an Oscar, The Honorary Award! There's no man who deserves it better than Mr Corman, and I can honestly say that no other filmmaker has meant so much for as as this guy. He was a brilliant director, a marvelous producer and a PR-genius not of this world.
I took a quick look on IMDB to see what movies that I consider personal favorites in his production as director and/or producer, and... yes... it was a lot and here's a couple of my favorites:
It Conquered the World
House of Usher
Pit and the Pendulum
The Masque of the Red Death
The Wild Angels
The Secret Invasion
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It.
The Dunwich Horror
Death Race 2000
Grand Theft Auto
Humanoids of the Deep
Galaxy of Terror
The Terror Within
Corman always made smart exploitation, at least until the beginning of the eighties. There was an edge to his work, and was in a totally different league than many of his exploitation-colleagues.
Get his biography "How I Made A Hundred Movies In Hollywood And Never Lost A Dime" and read more about this fantastic filmmaker.
And congratulerations, Roger... if you read this ;)