The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and costume designer Piero Tosi will receive Honorary Awards and Angelina Jolie will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the fifth annual Governors Awards, to be held Nov. 16 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
When a separate ceremony was decreed a few years ago, some Acad members balked. But new Acad prexy Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Thursday told Variety, “Having a separate evening has gotten everyone more engaged about these awards than they used to be. The event makes the awards closer and more personal.”
The evening also provides a more complete look at their careers; before that, the salutes were limited by TV’s time constraints.
Boone Isaacs declined to talk about the process by which the honorees were chosen at Tuesday night’s board meeting. But she said industry people offer names year-round. »
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