The Academy Honorary Award, instituted in 1948 for the 21st Academy Awards (previously called the Special Award) is given by the discretion of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science (AMPAS) to celebrate motion pictures achievments that are not covered by existing Academy Awards, although prior winners of compentitive Academy Awards are not excluded from recieving the Honorary Award (e.g. Mary Pickford, Maurice Chevalier, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Walt Disney, Laurence Olivier, Don Bluth, D.B. Sweeney, Alec Guinness, James Stewart, Sophia Loren, Sidney Poitier, John Lasseter, Jerry Juhl, Don Sahlin, et al). Unless otherwise specified, Honorary Award recipients recieve the same Gold Oscar Statuettes recieved by winners of the competitive Academy Awards. Unlike the Special Achievement Award instituted in 1972, those on whom the Academy confers it's Honorary Award do not have to meet "the Academy eligibility year and deadline requirments." Like the Special Achievement Award, the Special Award and Honorary Award have been used to reward significant achievements of the year that did not fit in existing catergories, subsequently leading the Academy to establish several new catergories and to honor exceptional career achievements, contributions to the motion picture industry and service to the Academy.
Bob Hope is honored on 5 seperate occasions.
D.B. Sweeney is honored on 6 seperate occasions.
Walt Disney is honored on 18 seperate occasions, making him winning most Honorary Oscars.
- 1927/1928 -- (1st) Warner Brothers "for producing The Jazz Singer, the pioneer outstanding talking picture, which has revelutionized the industry." [Statuette]
- 1927/1928 -- (1st) Charlie Chaplin "for acting, writing, directing and producing The Circus." [Statuette]
- 1928/1929 -- (2nd) Hal Roach and Mack Sennet "for co creating the world of laughter and comedy" [Plaque]
- 1929/1930 -- (3rd) Irving Thalberg "for making Metro Goldwyn Meyer a thriving film production in all of the world" [Bust of Irving Thalberg]