A-list movie star Angelina Jolie was awarded an honorary Oscar for her humanitarian work late Saturday at the Governors Awards ceremony in Hollywood. Veteran actress Angela Lansbury, comedian Steve Martin, and Italian costume designer Pietro Tosi also received awards at the annual ceremony organized by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Film royalty among the 600 guests included Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Diane Keaton, Emma Thompson, Harrison Ford, Amy Adams, Matthew McConaughey and George Lucas, as well as Jolie's fiancee Brad Pitt.
By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Hollywood film industry recognized Angelina Jolie on Saturday with a humanitarian award for her work with refugees and advocating for human rights through her film career. Actors Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi also received what are called "honorary Oscars" for their contributions to film at the annual Governors Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In a celebrity-packed room, with partner Brad Pitt and Cambodia-born son Maddox by her side, Jolie was introduced by Bosnian and Serbian cast members from her directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey." They thanked her for giving those who lived the Balkan war a chance to express themselves. The 38-year-old Oscar winner is a special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and has made more than 40 field missions, including recently to help refugees fleeing the war in Syria.
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Italian-Croatian director Alberto Fasulo on Saturday won the Rome Film Festival's top prize with his documentary-style movie "TIR". The film about a Croatian schoolteacher who, attracted by the idea of tripling his wages, becomes a truckdriver who criss-crosses Europe, edged out 17 other contenders for the Golden Marcus Aurelius prize for best film. The jury headed by US director James Gray awarded the prize for best director to Japan's Kiyoshi Kurosawa for "Seventh Code", an industrial espionage action flick. A special jury prize went to "Quod Erat Demonstrandum" by Romanian director Andrei Gruzsniczk, in which a mathematician draws the wrath of state police by getting an article published in a US magazine without the permission of the authorities.