The Academy Awards announced that the renowned filmmaker, Tyler Perry, will be honoured with an honorary statuette at this year award for his humanitarian work, which includes efforts to get the entertainment industry safely back on track during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The movie producer has created a self-contained production arena spanning 330-acre (133-hectare) at the Civil War Confederate military base in Atlanta, Georgia, and employed many during the lockdown of the Covid-19, which shutdown production.
Tyler has made a great diversity in Hollywood, he produced films and TV shows featuring many African American actors, and last year he paid the funeral costs of George Floyd, the victim of police brutality,
David Rubin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said that Tyler’s cultural influence extends far beyond his work as a producer.
“He has quietly and steadily focused on humanitarian and social justice causes from the beginning of his careers, caring for people who are most often ignored.” – David Rubin added
The 51-year-old actor, who became popular with his role as Madea in the 2005 movie “Diary of a Mad Black Mother“, has gained more fame in the industry in the US especially among the Black American.
Forbes listed him as the highest-paid man in entertainment, earning US$130 million between May 2010 and May 2011.
The Humanitarian Award is an annual thing since 1957, and the last edition was given to Geena Davis, ‘Thelma & Louise’ actress, for her work that promotes gender equality in media.
Other awardee of the Humanitarian Award are Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, and Elizabeth Taylor.
The award will be given to Tyler at the 93rd Oscar edition, schedule to take place on 25th April, 2021 and will be the second time a member of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, MPTF will be receiving it.
The Academy said: “the organization’s contribution during the pandemic has made a significant impact on the entertainment community, providing social services support to nearly 9,000 industry members in 2020.”
The MPTF which was co-founded by Mary Pickford a century ago, offers financial relief and other services to struggling entertainment industry workers.