WASHINGTON (AP) The Man of Culture Award, given to a film that “celebrates the richness of the human spirit,” is back for a third year, thanks to the movie’s winning director.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nomination for the award Thursday for a film by Steven Soderbergh and John Ridley, as well as other nominees, at its spring meeting in Los Angeles.
It was nominated for best documentary in 2013 and for best short documentary in 2015.
The awards ceremony, which is a chance for filmmakers to show their work to the world, has long been seen as an annual event.
The awards ceremony has become a celebration of American cinema, a source of pride for the industry and a source for debate over the future of the Oscars.
Soderberg won in 2012 for “The Hurt Locker,” the second film nominated for the film-nominated award.
The Academy has never formally announced its selections for the year, but nominees for the top prize in its inaugural year, in 2008, included “The Godfather: Part II,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Jaws” and “The Great Beauty.”
Soderberg, who won for “Nacho Libre” in 2008 and “No Country for Old Men” in 2009, won the award in 2011 for his feature-length documentary “In the Line of Duty,” which has been nominated for seven Oscars.
Ridley won in 2014 for his Oscar-nominating feature-film “The Martian,” which won the best short film award in 2015 and was nominated twice for best picture.
The academy is seeking nominations from more than 1,000 filmmakers and screenwriters.
The voting is open until March 15.
The winner will be announced March 22.
The award is given to the film that honors the richness and diversity of the culture, and the director’s or producer’s “remarkable contributions to that culture,” the academy said in a statement.
It’s also a chance to make history.
The academy, which runs the Oscars, said the nominations will help determine who wins the 2018 Academy Award.
The film, which won in 2013, “The Big Sick,” was nominated in 2014 and again in 2015 for “Jigsaw,” the best documentary.
The award is awarded annually to a documentary that “provides a compelling account of the critical events, important cultural moments and inspiring individuals and causes of the past.”
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