Kennedy Center honors winners announced

Jack Nicholson and Julie Andrews are among the winners of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Wednesday. Other winners include pianist Van Cliburn, composer/conductor Quincy Jones, and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti. The awards honor “the unique and extremely valuable contributions” the winners have made to the nation’s culture. In announcing this year’s selections, Kennedy Center Chairman James A. Johnson described Nicholson as “one of the most brilliant and celebrated film actors of our age” and Andrews as “a beloved actress whose performances in films and the musical theater are treasured by millions of Americans.” The awards are scheduled to be presented on Dec. 2 at ceremonies that are expected to be attended by President and Mrs. Bush. They are scheduled to be televised by CBS later during that month.