Each year the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announces a new Walk of Fame class, giving each member one of the iconic stars, which are an enduring sign of fame and artistic achievement for those in the entertainment industry. This year's selection includes many veterans of popular sci-fi and superhero franchises, some of whom are long overdue for the recognition. Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy) and many others were among those who will receive stars.
The announcement named thirty-four people who will be receiving the honor: for motion pictures, Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum, F. Gary Gray, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Lawrence, Gina Lollobrigida, Minnie Mouse, Nick Nolte and Zoe Saldana; for television, Anthony Anderson, Gillian Anderson, Lynda Carter, Simon Cowell, RuPaul Charles, Taraji P. Henson, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, Niecy Nash, Mandy Patinkin, Shonda Rhimes, and posthumous Steve Irwin; for recording Mary J. Blige, Sir Richard Branson, Petula Clark, Harry Connick, Jr., Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood and "Weird Al" Yankovic; for radio, Steve Jones; and for Live Theatre/Live Performance, Charles Aznavour, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and posthumous Bernie Mac.
Several of these actors and actresses have starred in superhero films. Saldana plays Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy series. Two of her co-stars from that series, Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel, have already received stars on the Walk of Fame. Jeff Goldblum will play the Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok, though he is especially well-known for his roles in The Fly and Jurassic Park. Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence is slated to return as Mystique in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix film, and Kirsten Dunst, who played Mary-Jane Watson in the original Spider-Man trilogy, is also being honored.
One of the more surprising announcements was that Hamill would be getting a star on the Walk of Fame, with many tweeting their surprise that the actor hadn't already received the honor. In fact, many Star Wars alumni are not on the Walk of Fame. While Harrison Ford received the honor in 2003, he's one of the few. Carrie Fisher, who passed away last year, died without ever receiving the honor, and she won't be eligible for a posthumous star until she's been gone for at least five years. However, after Fisher's death, fans did create a makeshift memorial for her on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Responding to Disney's announcement of Hamill's impending star over Twitter, the actor tweeted, "#Speechless."
Those awarded a star have two years to schedule a ceremony. Considering how long some of those being honored have waited, two years is no time at all.