Sideshow: Honorees moved to tears

Angelina Jolie was honored for her humanitarian work.
Angelina Jolie was honored for her humanitarian work. (DAN STEINBERG / Invision, AP)
Posted: November 19, 2013

Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, and Angela Lansbury were all moved to tears at the film academy's fifth annual Governors Awards, presented at a private dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday.  

Jolie, 38, who received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, thanked her late mother, who she said inspired her to think of others and give back. "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, 68, 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 excited I am tonight, because the Botox is fresh." But he got misty reflecting on the 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."

The 88-year-old Lansbury - brothers, children, and grandchildren in tow - thanked movies and acting for rescuing her after the 2003 death of her husband.

She said sharing the Governors Awards ceremony with her family was better than "shivering with hope" during her three Oscar nominations, none of which resulted in statuettes.

"You can't imagine how happy and proud I feel, really undeserving of this gorgeous golden chap," she said.

The awards were not televised but portions of the ceremony may be included in the Academy Awards telecast March 2.

Hammering, all over this land

Thor: The Dark World continued its box-office reign with $38.5 million in its second week, holding off The Best Man Holiday, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Best Man Holiday opened strongly with $30.6 million. The Universal film, which drew an overwhelmingly female and African American audience, was an unlikely challenger for Disney's Thor. But Marvel's Norse god has hammered audiences around the globe, making $479.8 million worldwide, already besting the original Thor.

The box-office window will soon close for Thor, though. Hunger Games: Catching Fire is expected to be one of the year's biggest debuts Friday.

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