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Early Oscar for Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall

world Updated: Nov 16, 2009 13:45 IST

Oscars of the awards season late Saturday, honouring screen acting legend Lauren Bacall with a statuette for her life’s work in film.

“I can’t believe it!” Bacall gushed, as she was awarded the Governor’s Award at a ceremony that offered a foretaste of Oscar glitter and glamour.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also honoured director Roger Corman, cinematographer Gordon Willis and producer John Calley at the ceremony attended by an array of Hollywood luminaries —from George Lucas to Quentin Tarantino.

Bacall, one of the most successful screen sirens of the 1940s and 1950s made her screen debut in the classic film To Have and Have Not in which she played the love interest of real-life future husband Humphrey Bogart, to whom she paid homage in her remarks.

“He gave me a life and changed my life,” she said of the Casablanca screen hero to whom she was married from 1945 until his death in 1957.

The Oscar statuettes for most recipients will be given out at a star-studded ceremony on March 7 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater.

Corman has directed more than 50 films and produced more than 300 during his five-decade career, including It Conquered the World and 1960’s The Little Shop of Horrors.

Willis is a two-time Academy Award nominee for Zelig and The Godfather, Part III.

Calley’s producing credits include Postcards from the Edge, The Remains of the Day, for which he earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination, Closer and The Da Vinci Code.