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Polish film director Andrzej Wajda will receive an honorary Oscar for his work in bringing European cinema to the attention of the world.

The Oscar will be presented during the 72nd Annual Academy Awards on March 26, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said.

The 73-year-old Wajda's 44 films include "A Generation," "Kanal," "Ashes and Diamonds," "Lotna," "Landscape After Battle," "Man of Iron," "Man of Marble," "Korczak," "Land of Promise" and "The Maids of Wilko."

The special Oscar recognizes "a man whose films have given audiences around the world an artist's view of history, democracy and freedom, and who in so doing has himself become a symbol of courage and hope for millions of people in postwar Europe," said the academy Board of Governors, which voted for the honor.

Academy Award nominations will be announced Feb. 15.

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