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Honorary Oscar for actress Bacall

Lauren Bacall
Bacall was nominated for an Oscar in 1996

Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall received an honorary Oscar at the weekend in front of stars including Jack Nicolson and Warren Beatty.

Bacall, 85, starred in more than 30 films but never won an Academy Award.

"I can't believe it - a man at last," Bacall joked as she received the lifetime achievement statuette.

Saturday's event marked the first time the Academy has presented an award away from the main ceremony in February. It was not televised.

Bacall paid tribute to her husband and fellow actor Humphrey Bogart, who died in 1957.

"He gave me a life and he changed my life," she said of the Hollywood legend.

'Heart of gold'

Anjelica Huston presented the Oscar to Bacall - her director father John Huston worked with both Bacall and Bogart.

George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Kirk Douglas also took part in the ceremony.

Douglas said Bacall's tough image belied her real nature.

"She's a pussycat and she has a heart of gold," he said.

The closest Bacall came to winning an Oscar was her nomination for The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996.

Producer and director Roger Corman was also given an honorary Oscar.

Corman was behind low-budget B-movies such as The Cry Baby Killer, It Conquered the World, The Little Shop of Horrors and The Raven.

"He's been a maverick for a lot longer than I have," Quentin Tarantino told Reuters.

Cinematographer Gordon Willis - who worked on the Godfather trilogy, All The President's Men and Woody Allen films including Manhattan and Annie Hall - was the third person to be honoured this year. His award was presented by Jeff Bridges.

The Irving G. Thalberg Award, named after a pioneering 1920s and 1930s producer, went to John Calley - whose producer credits include The Remains of the Day, Postcards from the Edge, Closer, The Da Vinci Code and its sequel, Angels & Demons.



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