Jolie, Martin moved to tears at Governors Awards
Actor Tom Hanks, left, takes a photo with actor and honoree Steve Martin at the 2013 Governors Awards on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 Saturday at a private dinner at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Italian costume designer Piero Tosi was also honored, but did not attend the ceremony.
Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Before guests including Brad Pitt and a man Jolie cited as "my hero," WWII veteran and Olympian Louis Zamperini, the 38-year-old actress-director became emotional as she thanked her late mother, whom she said inspired her to think of others and give back.
Actress and honoree Angelina Jolie accepts her award at the 2013 Governors Awards on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
"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 helped present Martin with his honorary Oscar, which Short described as "the highest honor 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."
Actor and honoree Steve Martin accepts his award at the 2013 Governors Awards on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
But the 68-year-old got misty eyed as he reflected on the dear friends he's made during his five decades in film.
"I knew I wasn't going to make it through this speech," he said. "I read it to my dog this morning and wept."