fb-pixelCambridge filmmaker Frederick Wiseman to receive an honorary Oscar - The Boston Globe Skip to main content
Names

Cambridge filmmaker Frederick Wiseman to receive an honorary Oscar

Frederick Wiseman (pictured at a conference in France in July) is being honored by the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.XAVIER LEOTY/AFP/Getty Images/file

Congratulations to Cambridge filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, who’s been chosen by the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an honorary Oscar. The 86-year-old Wiseman has made more than 40 documentaries over his illustrious career, starting in 1967 with “Titicut Follies,” which gave viewers a gritty, behind-the-scenes glimpse of Bridgewater State Hospital. (His most recent film was last year’s “In Jackson Heights.”) Wiseman will receive his overdue Oscar statuette at a ceremony in November along with actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, and casting director Lynn Stalmaster. In a statement, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs called Wiseman and the others “true pioneers and legends in their crafts.”