I'm surprised nobody has noted that Roger Corman, identified in a news release as "The Orson Welles of the Z-Movie," is to receive an honorary Oscar: http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/to ... p?id=12812
Of course, Corman helped start the careers of a dozen or more important actors and directors, including Jack Nicholson, Robert DeNiro, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, James Cameron, etc, etc.
Now 83 years-old, he is still active, producing SPLATTER, a web-movie series, for another director he has supported over the years, Joe Dante.
Dante spoke fondly of Corman in a personal interview (and at generous dinner afterward) I once attended with Mr. French at the Sausalito Film Festival. Mr. French has always had a soft spot for Corman because of his interest in the man's Poe Horror Films, and his employment of legendary gothic actors, Vincent Price and Boris Karloff.
A well-deserved Oscar for a change.