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Charles Burnett was 'surprised and shocked' about his honorary Oscar, offers advice to other filmmakers

Charles Burnett was 'surprised and shocked' about his honorary Oscar, offers advice to other filmmakers

The last time Charles Burnett was on the film promotion trail was in 2007 when “Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation” premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. As such, he wasn’t expecting the call from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president John Bailey informing him he’d be one of four people to receive honorary Oscars this fall. In fact, he was on the other line with his producer and co-director working on edits of his next documentary, tentatively titled “The Power to Heal.”

“‘Mr. Burnett, do you know what I’m calling...

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