Angelina Jolie and Steve Martin receive honorary Oscars

Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin pose on the red carpet

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has been honoured for her humanitarian work at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual Governors Awards.

The 38-year-old appeared tearful as she accepted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from director George Lucas.

Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and the Italian costume designer Pietro Tosi were also recognised in Los Angeles.

"I can't possibly express how excited I am tonight because the Botox is fresh," joked Martin as he accepted his award.

The 68-year-old has never been nominated for an Oscar, despite hosting the Academy Awards ceremony on three occasions.

Lansbury has been similarly passed over by the Academy, despite being nominated three times for the best supporting actress Oscar.

Angela Lansbury Lansbury is best known for her Jessica Fletcher role in Murder, She Wrote

"Ms Lansbury, here is your Academy Award at last," said film historian Robert Osborne as he presented the 88-year-old with her golden statuette.

It was recently announced that a new version of the British-born actress's long-running drama series Murder, She Wrote is in development with Octavia Spencer.

Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Mark Wahlberg were among the star-studded audience at Saturday's event, held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center.

The 86-year-old Tosi was unable to attend, however, and had his award collected on his behalf by Italian actress Claudia Cardinale.

The event marked the fifth year that the Academy has presented its honorary awards at a separate ceremony.

Excerpts from the event may be included in the 2014 Oscar telecast, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on 2 March.

Meanwhile, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California has announced it is to honour the stars of Oscar-tipped movie The Butler.

Forest Whitaker will receive the Kirk Douglas Award for excellence in film on 15 December, while Oprah Winfrey will receive the Montecito Award on 5 February for her "inspirational" performance in the civil rights drama.

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