Sigourney Weaver Receiving Lifetime Achievement Award and It’s About Time

By Jason Collins | Published

Three-time Oscar-nominated legend among thespians, Sigourney Weaver, will receive a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 81st Venice International Film Festival, scheduled between August 28 and September 7, 2024. The decision was made by the Board of the Biennale di Venezia, which embraced the proposal of Alberto Barbera, the Festival’s Director.

It’s About Time

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Expressing her gratitude, Sigourney Weaver reportedly stated, “I am truly honored to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Biennale di Venezia.” Alberto Barbera, who suggested Weaver for the Golden Lion Award, lauded the actress’ significant contributions to theater, art-house cinema, and mainstream movies. He went on to describe the actress as an authentic collaborator who’s not only able to portray complex characters with authenticity but also a major contributor to the success of movies by James Cameron, Roman Polanski, and many others.

Blazing Trails For Decades

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To be entirely honest, it was about time; Barbera’s words ring true, and Sigourney Weaver is one of the most talented actors of our time, having appeared in more than 100 releases, including movies and television series. The actress made her cinema debut in Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien and later performed the role of Warrant Officer Ripley in subsequent Alien movies—one of which earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.

A Genre-Spanning Legacy

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In 1988, Sigourney Weaver also starred in Gorillas in the Mist biopic and Working Girl—both performances earned her additional Academy Award nominations. However, this time, she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. After starring in several different releases, Weavers starred in 1997’s Snow White, a movie based on the original Grimm’s fairy-tale, which earned her both an Emmy and a SAG nomination. Awards, however, rained from her other work.

From Alien To Accolades

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Namely, Sigourney Weaver starred in 1997’s critically acclaimed The Ice Storm, which earned her a BAFTA Award, as well as a Golden Globe nomination, and yet another Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Other works that have earned her various nominations and awards include Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, Galaxy Quest, Avatar, Copycat, Death and the Maiden, Secrets of the Whales, Political Animals, Prayers for Bobby, and many many others. She also won a Chicago International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

Avatar And Onward

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In fact, Sigourney Weaver has 38 wins and 65 award nominations, which only attests to her talent, so it’s not really a surprise that the Board of the Biennale di Venezia embraced the decision to give her a Golden Lion award. The actress is currently set to reprise her role of Dr. Grace Augustine and appear in Avatar 3, Avatar 4, and Avatar 5, the former of which is currently in post-production. She’s also scheduled to appear in Dust Bunny, a movie that follows an eight-year-old girl who asks he neighbor for help in killing the monster under her bed.

Apart from upcoming Avatar releases, Sigourney Weaver’s future appearances also include The Gorge, which also stars the Furiosa lead Anya Taylor-Joy, Miles Teller, and William Houston. The full line-up of the 81st Venice International Film Festival will be announced on July 23.