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Los Angeles (AP) — At a private dinner in the center of Hollywood on Tuesday night, Mel Brooks was presented with his second Oscar. The 14th Governors Awards were not broadcast on television, although the attendance included Hollywood heavyweights like Jon Batiste, Natalie Portman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Penélope Cruz, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan.

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Brooks declared, “I swear not to sell this one.”

The Governors Awards are a chance to honor some of the industry’s living legends, such as Brooks, Angela Bassett, and film editor Carol Littleton, who all collected honorary Oscars at the Ray Dolby Auditorium, which is conveniently located near the location of the Academy Awards broadcast in March. While Hollywood’s awards season can sometimes feel a bit overly self-congratulatory, the Governors Awards offer a little break from the horse race. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award went to Michelle Satter, who founded the Sundance Institute.

With sincere honors to the honorees and recognition of recent, devastating losses, the evening brought tears and laughter to the audience. During their medley, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane serenaded Brooks and invited the audience to join them for “Springtime for Hitler.” Regina King lauded her co-star on “Boyz N the Hood” as “excellence in human form.” In “The Big Chill,” Littleton’s second movie, Glenn Close expressed her gratitude for making her appear like a “really good dancer.” Additionally, Ryan Coogler and Chloé Zhao expressed to Satter how much her advice meant to them in their early careers.

The proceedings were opened and thrown off to a boisterous start by host John Mulaney.

Mulaney remarked, “To be hosting this is such an honor for me.” “Even though the Governors Awards have only been held for 14 years, as a youngster I was raised to watch them every year on television. We would all congregate in front of the off-screen television. I had only ever seen my dad grin once.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors hosts the annual ceremony to honor individuals for their accomplishments in life as well as their services to the industry. It was moved from being a part of the Oscars telecast to a different event in 2009 so that the speeches would not be timed.

Having the audience in stitches, Mulaney read a real email from his agents about auditioning for the role of “young cop” in an untitled Maggie Gyllenhaal project. He also made light of Bradley Cooper’s preparation for “Maestro” and Rami Malek’s screen time in “Oppenheimer.”

“She got an Oscar nomination for a Marvel movie…that’s like getting a Pulitzer Prize for a Reddit remark,” he remarked, referring to Bassett.

The actors’ strike caused the event to be rescheduled from its initial November date, and for the current season’s Oscar contenders, it also serves as a de facto campaign stop. The 96th Academy Awards will be voted on on Thursday, and the nominations for the presentation scheduled for March 10 will be revealed on January 23.

Actors and directors from the year’s biggest films, such as “Oppenheimer,” “Barbie,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “Maestro,” “Poor Things,” and “The Color Purple,” mixed before the tributes began.

“May December” release After introducing his scriptwriter Samy Burch to Da’Vine Joy Randolph, star of “The Holdovers,” Charles Melton moved on to trade numbers with another newcomer, Dominic Sessa. Paul Giamatti and Julianne Moore conversed a little distance away, and Carey Mulligan caught up with Robert Downey Jr. Emerald Fennell, the director of “Promising Young Woman” and “Saltburn,” quickly drew Mulligan away and they both stopped to oogle Barry Keoghan’s ruffled shirt.

Greta Lee and Ayo Edebiri were holding hands and posing for a picture, while Nicholas Cage and Zac Efron were having a deep chat across the room. Sitting on different sides of the table, Fantasia Barrino and Margot Robbie conversed extensively, while Greta Gerwig engaged in conversation with Diane Warren. But recognizing that this evening was for the honorees, everyone complied and took their seats when called.

Brooks took the stage first and spoke briefly and lightheartedly, making jokes about how hard times had made him sell his first Oscar for penning “The Producers.”He expressed his desire to “thank the academy of arts sciences and money for this wonderful award” during the 1969 ceremony.

The 97-year-old is one of the elite group of EGOT winners. He started his career as a writer for Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” and over the course of the next 70 years, he wrote, produced, directed, acted, and wrote books, including a recent memoir. (Those are performers who have received Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar awards.) With this honorary distinction, Lane joked that he’s now a “EGOOT” winner. In addition, he was nominated for two more Oscars: one for screenplay for “Young Frankenstein,” which he co-wrote with Gene Wilder, and another for authoring the lyrics to John Morris’ song “Blazing Saddles.”

Littleton frequently collaborated with Jonathan Demme and Lawrence Kasdan on film projects, editing movies such as “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Body Heat,” “The Big Chill,” and “Swimming to Cambodia.” For the first movie she edited for Steven Spielberg, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” she was nominated for her first and only Oscar. In addition, she was wed to John Bailey, a cinematographer and former Academy president who passed away in November at the age of 81.

In a passionate address, Bassett discussed acting as a calling as well as a vocation. The honorary Oscar, according to her, is “a testament to my legacy” rather than just another trophy. Barrino stood in the audience and applauded Bassett at significant points during her speech. Director of “The Color Purple,” Blitz Bazawule, claimed after the event that it felt “like church.”

The 65-year-old was nominated for two Oscars last year, one for her performance as the grieving queen in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and the other for her portrayal of Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” She mentioned that, after the late Cicely Tyson, whom she regarded as a mentor, she is the second Black actress to win an honorary Oscar.

“History depends on us, which means the stakes are very high,” stated Bassett. “I hope we leave this industry with greater wisdom.”

After Bassett, Coogler grabbed the platform and declared that he did not want to follow him. Standing next to Zhao, they faced what was arguably the hardest task of the evening: honoring Satter. It was an honor to recognize a great mentor and, at the same time, bring attention to a terrible event.

Michael Latt, her son, passed away in Los Angeles in December. Latt, 33, was establishing himself in the business working on films with directors like as Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler.

Coogler remarked, “Michelle, you’ve changed our lives, but I do think Michael was your greatest gift to the world.”

“You’re a mother to me, Ryan, and so many other people in this room,” Zhao continued. We’re sorry, we know you’re in agony, and we know there’s nothing we can say to make it better.

Satter expressed her desire to give her late son, who “led with love,” a portion of the honorary prize.

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os Angeles (AP) — At a private dinner in the center of Hollywood on Tuesday night, Mel Brooks was presented with his second Oscar. The 14th Governors Awards were not broadcast on television, although the attendance included Hollywood heavyweights like Jon Batiste, Natalie Portman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Penélope Cruz, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan.

Brooks declared, “I swear not to sell this one.”

The Governors Awards are a chance to honor some of the industry’s living legends, such as Brooks, Angela Bassett, and film editor Carol Littleton, who all collected honorary Oscars at the Ray Dolby Auditorium, which is conveniently located near the location of the Academy Awards broadcast in March.

While Hollywood’s awards season can sometimes feel a bit overly self-congratulatory, the Governors Awards offer a little break from the horse race. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award went to Michelle Satter, who founded the Sundance Institute.

With sincere honors to the honorees and recognition of recent, devastating losses, the evening brought tears and laughter to the audience.

During their medley, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane serenaded Brooks and invited the audience to join them for “Springtime for Hitler.”

Regina King lauded her co-star on “Boyz N the Hood” as “excellence in human form.” In “The Big Chill,” Littleton’s second movie, Glenn Close expressed her gratitude for making her appear like a “really good dancer.” Additionally, Ryan Coogler and Chloé Zhao expressed to Satter how much her advice meant to them in their early careers.

The proceedings were opened and thrown off to a boisterous start by host John Mulaney.

Mulaney remarked, “To be hosting this is such an honor for me.” “Even though the Governors Awards have only been held for 14 years, as a youngster I was raised to watch them every year on television. We would all congregate in front of the off-screen television. I had only ever seen my dad grin once.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors hosts the annual ceremony to honor individuals for their accomplishments in life as well as their services to the industry. It was moved from being a part of the Oscars telecast to a different event in 2009 so that the speeches would not be timed.

Having the audience in stitches, Mulaney read a real email from his agents about auditioning for the role of “young cop” in an untitled Maggie Gyllenhaal project. He also made light of Bradley Cooper’s preparation for “Maestro” and Rami Malek’s screen time in “Oppenheimer.”

“She got an Oscar nomination for a Marvel movie…that’s like getting a Pulitzer Prize for a Reddit remark,” he remarked, referring to Bassett.

The actors’ strike caused the event to be rescheduled from its initial November date, and for the current season’s Oscar contenders, it also serves as a de facto campaign stop. The 96th Academy Awards will be voted on on Thursday, and the nominations for the presentation scheduled for March 10 will be revealed on January 23.

Actors and directors from the year’s biggest films, such as “Oppenheimer,” “Barbie,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “Maestro,” “Poor Things,” and “The Color Purple,” mixed before the tributes began.

“May December” release After introducing his scriptwriter Samy Burch to Da’Vine Joy Randolph, star of “The Holdovers,” Charles Melton moved on to trade numbers with another newcomer, Dominic Sessa. Paul Giamatti and Julianne Moore conversed a little distance away, and Carey Mulligan caught up with Robert Downey Jr. Emerald Fennell, the director of “Promising Young Woman” and “Saltburn,” quickly drew Mulligan away and they both stopped to oogle Barry Keoghan’s ruffled shirt.

Greta Lee and Ayo Edebiri were holding hands and posing for a picture, while Nicholas Cage and Zac Efron were having a deep chat across the room. Sitting on different sides of the table, Fantasia Barrino and Margot Robbie conversed extensively, while Greta Gerwig engaged in conversation with Diane Warren. But recognizing that this evening was for the honorees, everyone complied and took their seats when called.

Brooks took the stage first and spoke briefly and lightheartedly, making jokes about how hard times had made him sell his first Oscar for penning “The Producers.”He expressed his desire to “thank the academy of arts sciences and money for this wonderful award” during the 1969 ceremony.

The 97-year-old is one of the elite group of EGOT winners. He started his career as a writer for Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” and over the course of the next 70 years, he wrote, produced, directed, acted, and wrote books, including a recent memoir.

(Those are performers who have received Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar awards.) With this honorary distinction, Lane joked that he’s now a “EGOOT” winner. In addition, he was nominated for two more Oscars: one for screenplay for “Young Frankenstein,” which he co-wrote with Gene Wilder, and another for authoring the lyrics to John Morris’ song “Blazing Saddles.”

Littleton frequently collaborated with Jonathan Demme and Lawrence Kasdan on film projects, editing movies such as “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Body Heat,”

“The Big Chill,” and “Swimming to Cambodia.” For the first movie she edited for Steven Spielberg, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” she was nominated for her first and only Oscar. In addition, she was wed to John Bailey, a cinematographer and former Academy president who passed away in November at the age of 81.

In a passionate address, Bassett discussed acting as a calling as well as a vocation. The honorary Oscar, according to her, is “a testament to my legacy” rather than just another trophy. Barrino stood in the audience and applauded Bassett at significant points during her speech. Director of “The Color Purple,” Blitz Bazawule, claimed after the event that it felt “like church.”

The 65-year-old was nominated for two Oscars last year, one for her performance as the grieving queen in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and the other for her portrayal of Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” She mentioned that, after the late Cicely Tyson, whom she regarded as a mentor, she is the second Black actress to win an honorary Oscar.

“History depends on us, which means the stakes are very high,” stated Bassett. “I hope we leave this industry with greater wisdom.”

After Bassett, Coogler grabbed the platform and declared that he did not want to follow him. Standing next to Zhao, they faced what was arguably the hardest task of the evening: honoring Satter. It was an honor to recognize a great mentor and, at the same time, bring attention to a terrible event.

Michael Latt, her son, passed away in Los Angeles in December. Latt, 33, was establishing himself in the business working on films with directors like as Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler.

Coogler remarked, “Michelle, you’ve changed our lives, but I do think Michael was your greatest gift to the world.”

“You’re a mother to me, Ryan, and so many other people in this room,” Zhao continued. We’re sorry, we know you’re in agony, and we know there’s nothing we can say to make it better.

Satter expressed her desire to give her late son, who “led with love,” a portion of the honorary prize.

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