Tributes to Honorary Oscar winners Oprah Winfrey and James Earl Jones, as well as a salute to John Wayne and a new documentary on famed "B" movie producer/director Roger Corman, who nurtured the careers of filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Ron Howard, are among the highlights of the week's cinematic events.
Movies: Past, present and future
During his long film career, John Ford won four Oscars for best director -- for 1935's "The Informer," 1940's "The Grapes of Wrath," 1941's "How Green Was My Valley" and 1952's "The Quiet Man." He made John Wayne a star in his influential 1939 western "Stagecoach" and directed the Duke in such transcendent western classics as 1948's "Fort Apache," 1949's "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," 1950's "Rio Grande" and arguably their finest collaboration, 1956's "The Searchers."
On Friday, the United States Postal Service announced that Ford, who died in 1973, will be immortalized on a "forever" stamp next year. The stamp features Ford as well as an image from "The Searchers."
Throughout 2012, the postal service will also honor other iconic directors with their own stamps.
Photo: John Ford forever stamp. Credit: United States Postal Service