Wes Studi will become the first Native American actor to receive an Oscar
Wes Studi, who is of Cherokee descent, will be honored at the Governors Awards in October.
(CNN)Wes Studi is set to make Oscar history.
Studi, who is of Cherokee descent, will become the first Native American actor to receive an Oscar. The golden statuette will be awarded October 27 at the 11th annual Governors Awards.
The honorary Oscar is one of four that will be presented. Directors David Lynch and Lina Wertmüller also will be honored, and actress Geena Davis will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Studi is the first Native American to receive the honorary award. Buffy Sainte-Marie, the indigenous Canadian singer-songwriter, shared a best original song Oscar for "Up Where We Belong" from "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982).