LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Roger Corman, memorably dubbed "the Orson Welles of the Z-Movie" and "the Pope of Pop Cinema," never expected that the words "Academy Award recipient" would accompany his name.
The director and producer, whose 350 movie credits include such low-budget fare as "The Masque of the Red Death" and "X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes," is receiving an honorary Oscar for a lifetime of achievement. His legacy includes mentoring such Oscar-winning filmmakers as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and Ron Howard.
Corman, 83, said he was aware that the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was considering him for the honor. He felt certain he would not make the cut, though.
As far as I'm concerned, it couldn't have happened to a more deserving individual. The old gag in Hollywood went that "Corman could negotiate the production of a film on a pay phone, shoot the film in the booth, and finance it with the money in the change slot." Congratulations, Mr. C!