2022 Governors’ Awards Profile: Samuel L. Jackson

Almost six years have passed since Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley snipes, and Denzel Washington present Spike lee with an honorary Academy Award in recognition of his influential career. Flanked by his colleagues, Jackson spoke for more than seven minutes about Lee’s impact on the film industry, with particular emphasis on his enduring friendship and that of the director. He later also awarded Lee’s first competitive Oscar (Best Adapted Screenplay, “BlacKkKlansman,” 2019), which led to their well-remembered onstage embrace. Now, the time has come for the beloved actor to have his own day in the sun.

In the same way Danny glover, elaine may, and Liv Ullmann, Jackson is expected to be recognized at the 12th Annual Governors Awards. The 72-year-old’s tribute comes in recognition of his status as “a cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres, generations and audiences around the world.” With over 130 credits to his credit and an annual average of four since the turn of the century, he has always demonstrated a unique talent for characterization that is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

Jackson’s career began five decades ago with a starring role in the 1972 independent film “Together for Days”. He spent the following years developing his craft while also building relationships with his industry peers, including Lee. Their fourth collaboration, “Jungle Fever” (1991), turned out to be Jackson’s big break and won him an award at the Cannes Film Festival. Shortly after, he appears in Steven spielberg“Jurassic Park” (1993), which held the title of highest grossing film of all time for the next four years.

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Jackson also appeared in six films directed by Quentin Tarantino, with his performance in “Pulp Fiction” which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 1995. Since scoring that nomination, he has often looked at his talent for acting. tough-tempered characters, but also successful in her active efforts to avoid being cataloged. Other projects include the sentimental dramas “Eve’s Bayou” (1997) and “Coach Carter” (2005), the legal thrillers “A Time to Kill” (1996) and “Rules of Engagement” (2000) and action “Die Hard with a Vengeance” (1995) and “Snakes on a Plane” (2006).

From 1999 to 2005, Jackson played Jedi Master Mace Windu in the prequel “Star Wars” trilogy, and most recently appeared in 11 Marvel superhero films as Spy Master Nick Fury. He has also lent his voice to several animated feature films, including Pixar’s “The Incredibles” (2004) and “The Incredibles 2” (2018). Cameos excluded, he comfortably ranks as the highest grossing actor of all time, with his films having amassed a worldwide total of over $ 27 billion. All in all, he claims an ever growing and ever more diverse filmography of which any actor would be proud.

An honorary Oscar is awarded “for honoring extraordinary distinction throughout one’s career, outstanding contributions to the state of the film arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the academy.” At least one of these awards was presented during or before all but 10 of the 93 Oscars ceremonies. As of 2009, they are presented in an individual ceremony that takes place several months before the Oscars of the same year. Jackson and his fellow award winners will collect their trophies on January 22, 2022.

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