Actor Kirk Douglas and Bugs Bunny animator Chuck Jones will receive honorary Oscars this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday.
Douglas, nominated three times in the lead acting category, has never won an Oscar. The academy said it was honoring him for his “50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community.”
Jones’ creations include Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Pepe LePew, the Road Runner and Elmer Fudd. Jones, 83, will be honored for “the creation of classic cartoons and cartoon characters whose animated lives have brought joy to our real ones for more than half a century.”
The maker of more than 300 films, Jones won a short film Oscar for 1965’s “The Dot and the Line.”
The Academy Awards will be presented March 25.