May 29, 2017

Annette Bening, Donald McKayle receiving CalArts degrees

By Sean O’Connell Annette Bening earned her most recent Oscar nomination for playing a lesbian mother coming to terms with – among other things – sending her oldest daughter away to college. Now Bening will be going back to school to grab an honorary degree.

Bening and legendary dancer-choreographer Donald McKayle will receive Honorary Degrees from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) during a ceremony in Valencia, CA on Friday, May 20, at 6 p.m. PT.

McKayle is a Tony-nominated dancer who has collaborated with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and such icons as Tina Turner and Harry Belafonte. He also served as artistic director of dance at CalArts in the mid-1970s.

Bening, meanwhile, recently scored an Oscar nomination for Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right.” She’ll next be seen in “Hemingway & Fuentes” and “The Third Act,” two films with 2012 release dates.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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