Published:  12:28 AM, 14 November 2017

Hollywood puts scandal aside at the honorary Oscars


Putting aside the sexual harassment scandal for a night, the stars of Hollywood came out on Saturday to celebrate the work of actor Donald Sutherland and four other filmmakers awarded honorary Oscars. Sutherland, 82, has appeared in more than 140 films including "The Dirty Dozen", "MASH" and "Don't Look Now" and is familiar to a younger generation for the "Hunger Games" franchise, but had never won an Oscar.

"This is very important to me, to my family," Sutherland said at the annual Governors Awards, where Oscar statuettes are awarded to celebrate a person's body of work over a career. "I wish I could say thank you to the characters I've played, thank them for informing my life," he added.

"Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence, said Sutherland's work "is movie magic at its best." Angelina Jolie introduced Belgian-born director Agnes Varda, 89, awarded an honorary Oscar for a career that began in the New Wave of the 1950s and 60s and whose films include "La Pointe Courte," "Cleo from 5 to 7" and "Vagabond." The two women had an impromptu dance on stage.

This event was attended by stars including Dustin Hoffman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emma Stone, Colin Farrell, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Inarritu, who won Oscars for "Birdman" and "The Revenant," was awarded for his virtual reality film "Carne y Arena" which puts the viewer in the shoes of migrants as they try to cross the US border.

-Reuters

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