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Wes Studi

WES STUDI HAD JUST FINISHED A LONG of day of shooting on an upcoming film — Badland, the new western from writer-director Justin Lee (A Reckoning, Any Bullet Will Do) — when he picked up his phone and heard the good news: He would receive an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the Academy’s 11th annual Governors Awards on October 27.

“I can’t tell you how honored and grateful this makes me feel,” Studi told me when I called the next day to congratulate him. But then, with a touch of his characteristic dry humor, he added: “The only problem is — now I have to buy a new tuxedo. And a bow tie.”

But seriously, folks: The prize is a richly deserved tribute to the Oklahoma-born,, ), period dramas (, , ), contemporary crime stories (, ), acclaimed indies (, ), comic-bookish adventures (, ), and a record-breaking sci-fi box-office blockbuster ().

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