At a non-televised, private, black-tie affair dinner in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood and Highland Center on Saturday, 38-year-old Angelina Jolie, along with Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin, was proud to receive the film academy’s prestigious Governors Award.
At the fifth annual Governors Awards, each actor received an honorary Oscar statuette. Italian costume designer Piero Tosi was also awarded but was not able to attend the ceremony.
In Jolie’s case, she was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her many achievements in the world, including speaking out against the mistreatment of children in Syria.
Angelina Jolie has participated in over 40 United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) field missions and has also founded several charitable organizations of her own.
Jolie, wearing a very elegant black gown, sparkling with sequins, a low-cut neckline and lace cap sleeves, was accompanied by Brad Pitt and their son Maddox, 12, who wore a tuxedo matching that of his father.
On receiving the award, Angelina Jolie was both proud and also moved almost to tears as she thanked her late mother, who she said inspired her to think of others and give back, and who is probably instrumental in her success, causing her to receive the Governor Award.
“To stand here today means I did as she asked,” Jolie said. “And if she were alive, she’d be very proud.”
Wearing a full black velvet skirt, complemented by a black quilted jacket over a cream blouse and a string of pearls, Lansbury attended the ceremony with her family, including two brothers, three children and three grandchildren
As Lansbury received her honorary award, she recited, with thanks, a whole list of famous co-stars that she was worked with in the past, including: Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Ingrid Bergman, Katharine Hepburn, Lawrence Olivier and Orson Welles.
The 88-year-old actress got visibly emotional when her voice cracked, as she thanked acting and movies for rescuing her emotionally following her death of her husband.
While she has never received a much-hoped-for Oscar award, despite three nominations, she is proud to have received the Governors Award, saying, “You can’t imagine how happy and proud I feel, really undeserving of this gorgeous golden chap.”
Steve Martin was also visibly moved to receive an honorary award, but joked in his inimitable style as Martin Short gave him what Short described as “the highest honor an actor can receive in mid-November.”
Martin, 68, said to the audience, “I can’t possibly express how I excited I am tonight, because the Botox is fresh.”
However, he got a little more serious as he remembered the good friends that he had made during his 50 years in the film industry.
“I knew I wasn’t going to make it through this speech,” he said. “I read it to my dog this morning and wept.”
A multitude of stars watched and applauded as the awardees received their Governors Awards and while the event was not televised, scenes of the ceremony may possibly be included in the Academy Awards telecast on March 2, 2014, so watch out for that.
In the meantime, Angelina Jolie is proud to have earned recognition for her humanitarian efforts in the world and to receive her prestigious Governors Award and will no doubt continue in the same vein for many years to come.
By: Anne Sewell