2014 Governors Awards winners unveiled

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The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science celebrated, on November 8, four veteran stars of the film industry with honorary Oscars.

Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, actress Maureen O’Hara and actor and activist Harry Belafonte were awarded honorary Oscars during the off-camera ceremony which was held, last night, at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles.

A line-up of celebrities including Kevin Costner, Edward Norton, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Rock and Hilary Swank participated at the film Academy’s 6th Governors Awards, on Saturday night, to attend the celebratory dinner.

Actor and musician Harry Belafonte received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his long-year activism in social justice.

Honoree Harry Belafonte speaks after receiving the Oscar statuette for the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (photo: Reuters)

Harry Belafonte (R) with Martin Luther King Jr. (photo: EURWeb)

Belafonte was a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., a fundamental supporter of civil rights during the 1950s who dedicated his career to advocating humanitarian causes.

In 1987, he was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and, as part of his humanitarian efforts, he supported campaigns against HIV in Africa and was involved in prostate cancer advocacy.

He was also a political activist and long-time critic of US foreign policy.

During the three-hour ceremony, Pixar chief John Lasseter presented and honoured the other Oscar recipient, Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, for his animation feature films.

Hayao Miyazaki arrives at the 6th annual Governors Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles (photo: Merced Sun Star)

94-year-old actress Maureen O’Hara came to the stage in a wheelchair after being introduced by legendary actors Clint Eastwood and Liam Neeson.

Actress Maureen O’Hara takes to the stage introduced by actors Clint Eastwood and Liam Neeson (photo: Zimbio)

According to CBS News, the latter described her as “one of the true legends of cinema” and “one of the most adventurous women who ever lived”.

French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere was the fourth veteran of the film industry to pick up the honorary Oscar. While giving his acceptance speech, the Academy Award winner praised the many directors who collaborated with him with during his prolific career.

Screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere receives honorary Oscar at Governors Awards (photo: My San Antonio)