The Oscar goes to actress Lauren Bacall, producer-director Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis. That’s right, it’s only September, but three people in the world of movie-making have been honored with the first Oscars of the season. According to the Associated Press, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that all three individuals will receive honorary Oscar statuettes at the Academy’s inaugural Governors Awards gala event on November 14th in Hollywood.

Bacall, best known for her appearance in classics like The Big Sleep and Key Largo, made her debut back in 1944 with her former husband Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not. Corman has directed over 50 films and produced more than 300, during his long career. He is a well known independent talent, who played an integral role in jump starting the careers of such legendary directors as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and James Cameron. Gordon Willis has been previously nominated for his camera work on both Zelig and The Godfather, Part III.

This goes to show you that hard work does pay off, and all three legendary artists are more than deserving of their awards.

What do you think of this year’s recipients of the honorary Oscar?