2 December 2012 2:13 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

“This is kind of amazing,” legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker said, looking down at his honorary Oscar. “I mean, everybody here probably has one of these already.”

A nervous ripple of laughter went through the ballroom.  Actually, many people were at the Academy’s Governors Awards because they don’t — but want one.

The four-year-old event, which presents lifetime achievement Oscars to deserving individuals, has become a prime campaign spot for those hoping to persuade members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to vote for them.

In addition to Pennebaker, the recipients of the Governors Awards included American Film Institute founder George Stevens, »


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