Academy Unveils 2013 Governors Awards: Honorees Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Piero Tosi

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Honorary Awards to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Angelina Jolie. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 5th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 16, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

“The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who’ve made indelible contributions in their respective fields,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s honorees and look forward to bringing their peers and colleagues together to celebrate their extraordinary achievements.”

Lansbury has received three Academy Award® nominations for her supporting performances on film – the first in her 1944 feature debut in “Gaslight,” followed by “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945) and “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962). Her numerous other credits include “The Long, Hot Summer,” “Blue Hawaii,” “The World of Henry Orient,” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” “Death on the Nile” and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” as well as voice work for the first animated feature to receive a Best Picture nomination, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Martin, who got his start in television, is a versatile actor, writer, comedian and musician who began to display the breadth of his big-screen talent as the screenwriter and star of the 1977 Oscar®-nominated short film “The Absent-Minded Waiter.” He wrote and starred in “The Jerk,” “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” “Three Amigos,” “Roxanne,” “L.A. Story,” “The Pink Panther” series and “Shopgirl,” which he adapted from his critically acclaimed book of the same name. His other acting credits include “All of Me,” “Parenthood,” “Father of the Bride” and “It’s Complicated.” He also is a three-time host of the Oscars®, most recently in 2010 with Alec Baldwin.

Tosi rose to prominence through his collaborations with Italian director Luchino Visconti on such films as “White Nights” and “Rocco and His Brothers,” and continued to work with him on several other features, including the Costume Design nominees “The Leopard,” “Death in Venice” and “Ludwig.” Tosi received two more nominations for his designs for “La Cage aux Folles” and “La Traviata.” His other notable credits include “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” a Foreign Language Film winner, and “Marriage Italian Style,” a Foreign Language Film nominee, both directed by Vittorio De Sica.

Jolie, who won an Oscar for her supporting performance in “Girl, Interrupted,” has been an impassioned advocate for humanitarian causes, traveling widely to promote organizations and social justice efforts such as the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative. Staking out a career at the nexus of entertainment and philanthropy, Jolie has worked for a number of global advocacy groups including the Council on Foreign Relations and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), for which she was appointed Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres in 2012 after twelve years of service. Her dedication to these causes has also shaped her work in films that tackle global humanitarian issues including “A Mighty Heart” and her feature film directorial debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

  1. Well done all of them – especially Angelina. She has done a lot for millions of people around the world and deserves to be awarded for it as well.

  2. They’re all actually excellent and well-earned and deserved selections. Does this mean I gotta watch what could be brilliant and moving speeches in a chase-it-down on the inter-net or in some treacly divvied up montage that doesn’t even begin to suggest the breadth of their responese to receiving the awards in the first place? So that the network can keep the Oscar ad-charging after the abbreviated local news?

  3. Ugh, Jolie. What has she done but donate baby picture money to the UN and pose for some pictures. This disgusts me.

    1. Angelina was a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Goodwill Ambassador for over 10 years (starting at the tender age of 25 years) and made over 30 field missions during that time on her own dime. She has given millions and millions of dollars to refugees and economic development projects since 2001 throughout the world. She funds over 20 schools in Africa, Cambodia and Afghanistan, as well as clinics, orphan asylums and hospitals. She started the only Millennium Project outside Africa and the ONLY Millennium Project solely funded by an individual. It employs over 70 people in the region and encompasses a territory that is home to over 5000 villagers. She also funds major humanitarian efforts in the Americas such as her family foundation’s donation to the survivors of the tornadoes in Joplin and Oklahoma. She has been since 2010 a UNHCR Special Envoy and has visited many war torn regions to personally witness the plight of the world’s 20+ million refugees. AMPAS has looked embarassingly stupid for the last 3 years giving it to anyone but Angelina.

      1. thank you so much for having Angelina’s back with these facts! People just have to hate, they don’t know why but as they say…idiots always lead with contempt prior to investigation. I think Ms. Jolie is exemplary in her life’s work. She and Brad are true humanitarians , thus the attraction. There are those that are still not over this union as if they would have done anything different…when a higher calling brings souls together it is no one’s business except those open to their truth. Angelina has been a maverick, an activist and an empowered woman. She is a true inspiration.

    2. You really shouldn’t comment on subjects of which you know nothing. Didn’t you read the bio of Ms. Jolie above this section? You are the antithesis of all Jolie stands for.

  4. And Christopher Lee, Maureen O’Hara, Neil Simon and Lalo Schifrin, to name just four, continue to be neglected…

  5. Maybe you should do your research before making yourself look like a fool. Angelina has done a lot for charity over 13 years and the list is too long to write. She has been given multiple humanitarian awards and her campaign about war time rape has been sanctioned by G8. Just because you hate her – it doesn’t change the fact that she deserves praise. Give credit when credit is due..

  6. Angelina most certainly deserve this. She has given 13 years to humanitarian work and she is only 38. I applaud her steadfastness and her tireless effort to force the media to pay attention to issues like the refugees that they will rather not cover. Congratulations to all the recipients

  7. You guys are going on about the wrong Angie – Angela Lansbury is flawless and amazing. Glad she’s getting this!

  8. So very happy about the legendary and magnificent Angela Lansbury! No one deserved that Oscar more than she did! Now, if only she can get that Emmy Award and a Dame title…. A great new film role would be nice too.

  9. Delighted Angela Lansbury is getting acknowledged after 70 years finally .It’s about time now please consider Sir Christopher Lee for next year he is 91 yrs of age please do not take too long..

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