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Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury Receive Honorary Oscars

Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury were celebrated Saturday night at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards.

The three actors received honorary Oscars at the private event, held at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Italian costume designer Piero Tosi was also honored, but was not in attendance.

Star Wars creator George Lucas helped present the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Jolie, in recognition of her work with the United Nations' refugee agency.

With her fiancé, Brad Pitt, and their 12-year-old son, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, looking on, Jolie vowed to Maddox she would not cry.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the actress then reflected on the success she's achieved: "I have never understood why some people are lucky enough to be born with the chance that I had to have this path in life, and why, across the world, there's a woman just like me, the same abilities, the same desires, the same work ethic and love for her family who would most likely make better films than me -- better speeches. Only she sits in a refugee camp. She has no voice."

Jolie added, "But I will do as my mother asked and I will do the best I can with this life to be of use." Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of cancer in 2007.

The mood was a bit lighter when Martin Short and Tom Hanks presented an honorary Oscar to Steve Martin. Short quipped the statuette is "the highest honor an actor can receive in mid-November."

Martin, who grew emotional on stage, said that while the award was "especially satisfying," "working in movies has also brought an amazing gift that has accumulated through these decades of filmmaking that cannot be matched, something wonderful and magical and its impact on my life is profound — friends."

Emma Thompson and Geoffrey Rush were the presenters for Lansbury, 88, who has been nominated for three Oscars in her career.

The 86th Academy Awards is scheduled for March 2, 2014.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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