Mel Brooks to receive Los Angeles Film Critics’ Career Achievement Award – Deadline


Mel Brooks has been named the 2021 recipient of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Award.

He is the latest in a line of distinguished artists to receive this honor, joining John Huston, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, Robert Mitchum, Barbara Stanwyck, Myrna Loy, Robert Preston, Roger Corman, cinematographer Conrad L. Hall and composer Ennio. Morricone.

LAFCA members will decide on the other winners on December 12. They will be honored alongside Brooks early next year.

Brooks is a prolific writer, director, producer and actor with a career spanning more than seven decades, whose iconic films include The producers (1967), The twelve chairs (1970), Flaming saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent movie (1976), Strong anxiety (1977), History of the World, Part I (nineteen eighty one), Space balls (1987) and Robin Hood: the men in tights (1993).

Brooks began his career as a comedian and writer in Sid Caesar’s variety series Your Show. Later, along with Carl Reiner, he created the comic book character The 2000 Year Old Man, writing the hit comedy series Get smart! with Buck Henry.

Brooks earned the coveted EGOT designation with Tony Awards for The producers in 2001, having already won an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar. He also received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009 and earned his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

“Mel Brooks is a national treasure and a comedic film legend,” said LAFCA President Claudia Puig. “Most of our members could probably cite whole sections of his screenplays. Young Frankenstein, Flaming saddles, The producers and so many others. I know I could. Not only did he make us laugh out loud, but he broke comedic barriers and paved the way and influenced generations of filmmakers after him. We are delighted to honor the incomparable Mel Brooks.

Brooks recently partnered with Hulu to History of the World, Part 2, an eight-part variety series based on his classic 1981 film, which will go into production this spring. Brooks also recently wrote and performed the original Oscar-nominated song “At the Automat” for Lisa Hurwitz’s documentary. The automaton, which premiered at this year’s Telluride Film Festival.

A new memoir from Brooks, All on me! My remarkable life in show business, is scheduled for release via Random House, Ballantine Books, on November 30.


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