Wednesday 18 October 2017

Jolie delighted as she wins honorary Oscar for humanitarian work

Suits you: Brad Pitt, with Angelina Jolie and Maddox Jolie-Pitt, has probably gotten tips off George Clooney.
Suits you: Brad Pitt, with Angelina Jolie and Maddox Jolie-Pitt, has probably gotten tips off George Clooney.
Colin Farrell and Emma Thompson arrive at the Governors' Awards in Hollywood

Sandy Cohen Los Angeles

Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury were moved to tears at the film academy's fifth annual Governors' Awards.

Each of the entertainers accepted honorary Oscar statuettes at a private dinner at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, with the 38-year-old actress saying her mother inspired her to think of others and give back.

"To stand here today means I did as she asked," Jolie said. "And if she were alive, she'd be very proud."

Tom Hanks and Martin Short presented Martin with his honorary Oscar, which Short described as "the highest honour an actor can receive in mid-November."

Accepting recognition for his distinguished career, Martin said, "I can't possibly express how I excited I am tonight, because the Botox is fresh."

Lansbury recited a list of her famous co-stars as she accepted her honorary Academy Award: Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Lawrence Olivier and Orson Welles. The 88-year-old actress' voice cracked as she said acting rescued her after the death of her husband.

She said sharing the Governors Awards ceremony with her family was better than "shivering with hope" during her three Oscar nominations, none of which resulted in statuettes.

"You can't imagine how happy and proud I feel, really undeserving of this gorgeous golden chap," she said.

The crowd inside the Ray Dolby Ballroom was like a who's-who of the upcoming awards season. Among the guests were Brad Pitt, Diane Keaton, Octavia Spencer, Geoffrey Rush, Emma Thompson and Harrison Ford.

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