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Olivia de Havilland wins Oldie accolade

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Media captionOlivia de Havilland accepted her Oldie award in a recorded message

Gone With The Wind actress Olivia de Havilland has been honoured by satirical magazine The Oldie.

The 99-year-old was unable to travel from her home in France to collect her Oldie of the Year award in person at Tuesday's ceremony in London.

But in a recorded message she said she was "utterly delighted" the judges deemed there was "sufficient snap in my celery" to win the accolade.

Other award recipients included Aung San Suu Kyi and Germaine Greer.

Suu Kyi, who leads Myanmar's National League for Democracy party and spent 15 years under house arrest, also accepted in absentia.

In a signed letter she wrote: "I must admit that I have not had much time recently to reflect on what it means to be old. I was fortunate to have been able to enjoy a retirement experience somewhat earlier than most."

The tongue-in cheek awards are given out annually by The Oldie, set up by former Private Eye editor Richard Ingrams to take an irreverent stand against ageism.

Previous winners include Sir Roger Bannister (2015), Mary Berry (2014), Joanna Lumley (2010) and the Queen Mother (2001).

De Havilland said: "It is deeply gratifying to thus find myself in the company of the Queen Mother, whose record I have long wanted to match as well as that of so many other distinguished recipients."

She shared her Oldie of the Year award with 101-year-old former barrister and member of the House of Lords, Jeremy Hutchinson.

This year's judges included broadcasters and writers Gyles Brandreth and Libby Purves and TV producer John Lloyd.

De Havilland, who will turn 100 in July, is the oldest living Oscar winner.

She earned the first of her five Oscar nominations for her role as Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind. She won best actress Academy awards for 1946's To Each His Own and 1949's The Heiress during a film career that spanned 53 years.

Her sister was the Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine, who died in 2013.

Winners of The Oldie of the Year Awards 2016:

OLDIES OF THE YEAR - Olivia de Havilland (99) and Jeremy Hutchinson (101)

BARGEES OF THE YEAR - Tim West (80) and Prunella Scales (83) "Stars of Channel 4's Great Canal Journeys"

CAMPAIGNER OF THE YEAR - Baroness Meacher (75) "The peeress who led the Lords revolt during the tax credits debate"

HEROINE OF THE YEAR - Aung San Suu Kyi (70) - "Instrumental in brokering peace in Myanmar and recipient of Nobel Peace Prize"

LONGBOWMAN OF THE YEAR - Robert Hardy (90) - "Star of All Creatures Great and Small, but also author of 'Longbow' and trustee of the Royal Armouries at Tower of London"

SQUARE EYES OF THE YEAR - June (78) and Leon (81) - "Straight-talking, funny and firm favourites in the hit programme Gogglebox"

JUNGLE GOURMET OF THE YEAR - Lady Colin Campbell (66) - "Gracefully tucked into an array of bugs using a knife and fork on I'm A Celebrity…"

WITNESS OF THE YEAR - Don McCullin (80) - "War photographer from Vietnam onwards. Ongoing work highlighting the realities of conflict and recently appointed Master of Photography for Photo London"

ICONOCLAST OF THE YEAR - Germaine Greer (76) - "Controversial opinions on transgender"

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