The Los Angeles Film Critics Association announces it will vote to select its awards winners on Sunday December 11, and names Doris Day as this year’s career achievement honoree. Press release:

LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 29, 2010 – Doris Day was selected to receive the Career Achievement Award, it was announced today by Brent Simon, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).

“Decades on from the main body of her work, Doris Day is still arguably the template to which Hollywood turns when trying to quantify and capture ‘girl-next-door’ appeal,” said Brent Simon. “Equally at home in snappish romantic comedies and more dramatic fare, Day was the biggest female star of the 1960s, giving a series of delightfully perceptive performances. LAFCA is thrilled to be able to honor her.”

Still one of the top box office performers of all time, Doris Day starred onscreen alongside some of the biggest male stars of her day, including Clark Gable, James Stewart, Cary Grant, Jack Lemmon, David Niven and of course Rock Hudson. Her screen credits include Calamity Jane, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Tunnel of Love, Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and That Touch of Mink. Her career as a singer was just as impressive; indeed, Day received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2008. She released more than two dozen albums, experiencing Billboard chart success and in 1957 winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Que Sera Sera,” which would become her signature tune. A passionate animal rights activist for several decades, Day just this year released an album of jazz standards and cover tunes produced by her late son, Terry Melcher, her first new material in more than four decades.

Winners for the 37th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards will be selected at the LAFCA annual voting meeting on Sunday, December 11. The winners will be announced via Twitter (http://twitter.com/LAFilmCritics) in addition to issued press releases. The date for the annual LAFCA awards dinner is TBC.

This year, LAFCA inducted two new members into the Association: Annlee Ellingson and Betsy Sharkey.

Founded in 1975, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) is comprised of Los Angeles-based, professional film critics working in the Los Angeles print and electronic media. Each December, LAFCA members vote on the year’s Achievement Awards, honoring screen excellence on both sides of the camera. Plaques of recognition are then presented to winners during LAFCA’s annual awards ceremony, held in mid-January.

Aside from honoring each year’s outstanding cinematic achievements, LAFCA has also makes a point to look back and pay tribute to distinguished industry veterans with its annual Career Achievement Award, which is announced in October, as well as to look forward by spotlighting fresh, promising talent with its annual New Generation Award. In addition, over the past three decades, LAFCA has sponsored and hosted numerous film panels and events and donated funds to various Los Angeles film organizations, especially where film preservation was concerned. LAFCA members have also collectively been vocal about taking up causes they have felt passionate about, from drafting formal protests against censorship and colorization to lending their support to controversial films.

For more information, visit www.lafca.net and follow LAFCA via Twitter at @lafilmcritics (http://twitter.com/LAFilmCritics)

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  • Houstonrufus

    Can I just say, THANK GOD!!! I know Doris Day retired a long time ago, but there are few things as delicious and enjoyable as settling in at home on a cold day with a Doris Day movie. I know she’s no Hepburn or Redgrave, but the woman was a HUGE star in her time and remains, for those willing to give her a try, a charming screen presence. I just wonder if she’ll show up for the award. She pretty much shuns public events, doesn’t she?

  • Houstonrufus

    Can I just say, THANK GOD!!! I know Doris Day retired a long time ago, but there are few things as delicious and enjoyable as settling in at home on a cold day with a Doris Day movie. I know she’s no Hepburn or Redgrave, but the woman was a HUGE star in her time and remains, for those willing to give her a try, a charming screen presence. I just wonder if she’ll show up for the award. She pretty much shuns public events, doesn’t she?

  • N

    um Doris Day never won an Oscar for writing a song. She did sing it though from the Hitchcock remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much

  • N

    um Doris Day never won an Oscar for writing a song. She did sing it though from the Hitchcock remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much

  • HaroldsMaude

    Doesn’t the LAFCA mean October 29, 2011?

  • HaroldsMaude

    Doesn’t the LAFCA mean October 29, 2011?

  • ha, HaroldsMaude, good catch.

    The press release came that way.

  • ha, HaroldsMaude, good catch.

    The press release came that way.

  • bebe

    good call on their part. Make NYFCC looks like jackasses.

  • bebe

    good call on their part. Make NYFCC looks like jackasses.

  • Zooey

    @ bebe,

    and how exactly does that make NYFCC look like jackasses?!

  • Zooey

    @ bebe,

    and how exactly does that make NYFCC look like jackasses?!

  • bebe

    re:zooey a bunch of highly respected critics giving a “year best” awards a full month before new years eve, where they are not going to have time to screen the late releases. Their reasoning being wanting to kick off the end-of-year (awards) season. Sounds to me like a jackass move. But that’s yesterday’s news. I for one am glad that LAFCA retained some integrity, having their voting date only 2 weeks before new years eve.

  • bebe

    re:zooey a bunch of highly respected critics giving a “year best” awards a full month before new years eve, where they are not going to have time to screen the late releases. Their reasoning being wanting to kick off the end-of-year (awards) season. Sounds to me like a jackass move. But that’s yesterday’s news. I for one am glad that LAFCA retained some integrity, having their voting date only 2 weeks before new years eve.

  • Zooey

    well, the NYFCC can do it if they want to. you know why? because the NYFCC has much more prestige than the LAFCA. the NYFCC started giving out awards in 1935 and is the oldest critics’ org in the us. and actually it presented their best picture award to citizen kane in 1941. other than that, i don’t understand why people have issues with nov 29th, because in the past the NYFCC has presented its awards early — something like dec 5th. so what’s the problem with a few days earlier and do you believe that studios won’t actually hold special screenings for the NYFCC knowing that this award could help their films?!

  • Zooey

    well, the NYFCC can do it if they want to. you know why? because the NYFCC has much more prestige than the LAFCA. the NYFCC started giving out awards in 1935 and is the oldest critics’ org in the us. and actually it presented their best picture award to citizen kane in 1941. other than that, i don’t understand why people have issues with nov 29th, because in the past the NYFCC has presented its awards early — something like dec 5th. so what’s the problem with a few days earlier and do you believe that studios won’t actually hold special screenings for the NYFCC knowing that this award could help their films?!

  • Pierre de Plume

    I’m glad to hear Doris Day is being honored. She has given us some truly great comedic performances, something Redgrave isn’t known for. In fact, while some comedic actors can do well in dramatic roles, they can lose color in their performances. And she sings beautifully. But Day, even in dramatic roles like Love Me or Leave Me and The Man Who Knew Too Much, can be quite captivating as a dramatic actor. Some of her stuff in the 60s wasn’t good material, but that’s another story. . . .

  • Pierre de Plume

    I’m glad to hear Doris Day is being honored. She has given us some truly great comedic performances, something Redgrave isn’t known for. In fact, while some comedic actors can do well in dramatic roles, they can lose color in their performances. And she sings beautifully. But Day, even in dramatic roles like Love Me or Leave Me and The Man Who Knew Too Much, can be quite captivating as a dramatic actor. Some of her stuff in the 60s wasn’t good material, but that’s another story. . . .

  • Prestige schmestige. I’ll take the LAFCA over NYFCC these days, at least they look like they’re actually thinking about their selections insteading of rubber stamping awards contenders.

  • Prestige schmestige. I’ll take the LAFCA over NYFCC these days, at least they look like they’re actually thinking about their selections insteading of rubber stamping awards contenders.

  • John Oliver

    About time Doris Day got recognized. Regardless of whether she would show up at the Oscars, the Academy is long overdue in giving her a special Oscar.

  • John Oliver

    About time Doris Day got recognized. Regardless of whether she would show up at the Oscars, the Academy is long overdue in giving her a special Oscar.

  • John Oliver

    Doris did not win the Oscar for writing Que Sera Sera. Jay Livingston& Ray Evans were the writers.

  • John Oliver

    Doris did not win the Oscar for writing Que Sera Sera. Jay Livingston& Ray Evans were the writers.

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    Doris Day to be (finally) Honored by the Oscars?

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    Doris Day to be (finally) Honored by the Oscars?

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  • Ahmed H. Al-Kubaisi

    LAFCA awards ceremony will be held on January 14, 2012 according to
    http://www.43kix.com/wap/assoc.php?year=2011

  • Ahmed H. Al-Kubaisi

    LAFCA awards ceremony will be held on January 14, 2012 according to
    http://www.43kix.com/wap/assoc.php?year=2011

  • This award was richly deserved, and the program was wonderful.
    Now, Michael DeVita is the author of a brand new book about Doris Day that chronicles her life, especially her music, from the beginning to the very end. “My ‘Secret Love’ Affair With Doris Day”, now available at http://www.amazon.com. Check the reviews and get your copy now! See how Doris, her music and her career affected the author all of his life.
    More Information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58K_TAr8nxg

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