David Lynch has received an honorary Academy Award at this year’s Governor’s Awards ceremony.
Lynch, who co-created Twin Peaks and has directed the likes of Blue Velvet and The Elephant Man, gave a short and snappy acceptance speech at the prestigious ceremony.
Lynch was presented with the award by Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern and Isabella Rossellini, all who he has collaborated with frequently over the years.
It was clear that Lynch was honoured by the award when he received a standing ovation as he accepted the award, enthusiastically applauded by attendees like Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Governor’s Awards presentation is an annual award ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A limited number of prestigious awards that signify lifetime achievement within the film industry are presented at the ceremony. Lynch received the honorary Academy Award alongside fellow honourees Geena Davis, Wes Studi, and Lina Wertmüller.
Last November, it was reported that Lynch was in the process of raising funds to adapt Alan Greenberg’s 1983 novel Love in Vain: The Life and Legends of Robert Johnson for the big screen.
Speaking recently about creativity in film making Lynch said:
“Cinema is a language. It can say things – big, abstract things – and I love that about it,” he said in the short film. “Some people are poets and have a beautiful way of saying things with words. But cinema is it’s own language and so you can express a feeling and a thought that can’t be conveyed any other way. It’s a magical medium.”
If one thing is certain, Lynch is very well-deserving of the award, and we could not be more excited to see what else the genius creates throughout his career.