Tarantino, Huston, Demme and Douglas to Present Honorary Oscars

Quartet of Oscar winners named as presenters at upcoming Governors Awards ceremony honoring Bacall, Calley, Corman and Willis.

Last Updated: October 29, 2009 @ 12:36 PM

The year’s first Oscar presenters have been announced, and they’re directors Jonathan Demme and Quentin Tarantino, actress Angelica Huston and actor Kirk Douglas. 

The Academy announced on Thursday that the quartet will participate in the first Governors Awards ceremony, at which honorary Oscars will be given to actress Lauren Bacall, producer-director Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will go to producer John Calley.

Demme will almost certainly make the presentation to Corman, who gave the young director his start on low-budget movies in the 1960s.  Douglas co-starred with Bacall in the 1950 film "Young Man with a Horn."  Huston seems likely to praise producer Calley, and Tarantino to enthuse about the groundbreaking, dramatic cinematography of Willis during the 1970s.

Demme, Huston and Tarantino are past Oscar winners; Douglas received an honorary Oscar in 1996.  

The ceremony, which will not be televised, takes place at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, site of the Academy’s annual Governors Ball, on November 14.