The Annihilation of Fish
DIRECTOR: CHARLES BURNETT
CAST: LYNN REDGRAVE, JAMES EARL JONES, MARGOT KIDDER
One of the lesser-known episodes in Burnett’s brilliant career, The Annihilation of Fish stars Lynn Redgrave and James Earl Jones as two fellow boarders in a Los Angeles rooming house run by Margot Kidder. Both are a little past their prime and more than a little cracked—she imagines Giacomo Puccini was her lover, he battles daily with a demonic enemy—but this gives them common ground on which to meet and find a tentative, touching companionship.
Since 2009, the Academy has conducted a red carpet event for its Governors Awards, presented to individuals in recognition of prestigious lifetime achievements in cinema. This year, four Academy Honorary Awards were presented to recognize four extraordinary bodies of work, those of directors Charles Burnett and Agnès Varda, cinematographer Owen Roizman, and actor Donald Sutherland.