The Hollywood Walk of Fame will soon be adding to its real estate. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which manages the Walk of Fame, has announced its inductees for 2018.
Stars and industry notables in 34 categories are set to get stars on the legendary and roughly 18-block stretch of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. Those being honored come from five categories: Motion Pictures, Television, Recording, Radio, and Live Theatre/Live Performance. In the 2018 group, two will be receiving their stars posthumously.
In Motion Pictures, those set to receive stars are Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum, F. Gary Gray, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Lawrence, Gina Lollobrigida, Minnie Mouse, Nick Nolte, and Zoe Saldana.
In Television, the inductees are Anthony Anderson, Gillian Anderson, Lynda Carter, Simon Cowell, RuPaul Charles, Taraji P. Henson, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, Niecy Nash, Mandy Patinkin, Shonda Rhimes, and Steve Irwin (posthumously).
In Recording, the honorees are Mary J. Blige, Sir Richard Branson, Petula Clark, Harry Connick, Jr., Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood, and “Weird Al” Yankovic.
In Radio, there’s just one member set for the class of 2018: Steve Jones.
And in Live Theatre/Live Performance, there are three inductees: Charles Aznavour, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Bernie Mac (posthumously).
A number of the 2018 honorees have already shared their excitement about the news:
Beyond excited to share with you all that we have just received news that Dad will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. pic.twitter.com/gjA0DrvVKG— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) June 22, 2017
Excited to be a class 2018 Hollywood Walk of Fame honoree! https://t.co/Aym5bEeJyu— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) June 23, 2017
The Walk of Fame Selection Process
How does a star get a star on the Walk of Fame? It's not as glamorous as you may think. First, the person must be nominated, and, though anyone can do the nominating, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce makes the final decision. After a star is approved, the nominator must then pay $40,000 to complete the process. (The money goes toward construction and maintenance of the star). Also, the person being honored must agree to accept the honor within two years. So, though the Walk of Fame runs the gamut from Meryl Streep to Mickey Mouse, celebs like George Clooney, Robert Redford, and Julia Roberts do not have stars.
Since plans for the starry strip were introduced in the 1950s, the Hollywood Walk of Fame has grown to be a must-see tourist spot and symbol of Tinseltown. With such a varied and talented group as the 2018 honorees, the Walk of Fame's iconic status lives on.