x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Jolie, Martin, Lansbury and Tosi among winners of Academy Awards

Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, while Martin, Lansbury and Tosi were given honourary Academy Awards for their distinguished careers.

Brad Pitt kissed Angelina Jolie after her grand entrance at the film academy’s Governors Awards on Saturday night.

Steve Martin pretended to take a seat at the wrong table a few times before finding the right one, while Angela Lansbury beamed as she entered the room.

The honorary Oscar winners, along with the Italian costume designer Piero Tosi, were honoured at a private dinner at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

Tosi wasn’t able to attend, but scores of A-listers did, including Tom Hanks, Martin Short, Diane Keaton, Octavia Spencer, Mark Wahlberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Jennifer Garner, Harrison Ford and Alfre Woodard. Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, while Martin, Lansbury and Tosi were given honorary Academy Awards for their distinguished careers.

“Receiving the Hersholt award makes me feel like I am on the right path, but also reminds me I have more to do,” said Jolie.

The actress and director is a co-founder of the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative and serves as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Saturday’s black-tie dinner ceremony wasn’t televised to preserve a sense of intimacy and allow for ample tributes to each honoree, but clips from the event may be included in the March 2 Oscar telecast.

“This event is a celebration of film and it is really the beginning of Academy Awards season,” said Paula Wagner, who produced the ceremony.

* AP

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