Lauren Bacall + Gordon Willis & Roger Corman: Governors Awards Honor Oscar-less Talent

Roger Corman, Lauren Bacall, Gordon Willis

Honorary Oscar recipients Roger Corman, Lauren Bacall, and Gordon Willis at the 2009 Governors Awards ceremony held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Saturday, Nov. 14.

“It's so much better … that nobody's worrying whether 36.5 million people are watching us or 29.2,” remarked Warren Beatty, a former Irving G. Thalberg Award recipient who paid homage to this year's Thalberg Award honoree John Calley, who, reportedly suffering from serious health issues, was unable to attend the ceremony.

After Kirk Douglas declared he once unsuccessfully tried to seduce her, and Anjelica Huston praised her “steadfastness,” 85-year-old Lauren Bacall waved away an escort trying to help her get to the podium, remembered her “great love” Humphrey Bogart, her myriad leading men, and said that “the thought when I get home that I'm going to have a two-legged man in my room is so exciting.”

Quentin Tarantino

At the event, director/screenwriter Quentin Tarantino paid homage to Honorary Award recipient Roger Corman. Tarantino, who said that Corman inspired him to become a filmmaker, remarked on the producer-director's “undeniable impact on the industry, both as a business and as an art form.”

Among Corman's countless credits are cult classics – which at the time of released were dismissed by critics – such as It Conquered the World, Teenage Doll, House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, Tower of London, Premature Burial, The Terror, The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death, The Tomb of Ligeia, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and Bloody Mama.

Jonathan Demme

Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme attended the ceremony to hand out the Honorary Award to Roger Corman.

Formerly, Honorary Awards were given out at the Oscar ceremony, but falling ratings and decades-long complaints about the show's length has made the Academy decide to hand out its honorary awards at a separate, non-televised ceremony.

Snippets from the Governors Awards presentation will be shown at the Oscar 2010 telecast.

Richard Harbaugh (Bacall / Corman / Willis, Tarantino), Michael Yada (Demme) / © A.M.P.A.S.

Dino de Laurentiis, Warren Beatty, Saul Zaentz, George Lucas, Norman Jewison, Walter Mirisch, Steven Spielberg

Past Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipients Dino de Laurentiis, Warren Beatty, Saul Zaentz, George Lucas, Norman Jewison, Walter Mirisch, Steven Spielberg presenting this year's Thalberg Award to John Calley, who was unable to attend the 2009 Governors Awards ceremony in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Saturday, November 14.

Roger Corman

Honorary Award recipient Roger Corman, the producer-director of numerous low-budget films including Attack of the Crab Monsters, Carnival Rock, Bloody Mama, and House of Usher

Gordon Willis, Jeff Bridges

Honorary Award recipient Gordon Willis, the cinematographer of classics such as The Godfather, Annie Hall, and Manhattan, with Jeff Bridges, one of the stars of Bad Company, a 1972 Western shot by Willis

Richard Harbaugh (Willis/Bridges, group photo), Matt Petit (Corman) / © A.M.P.A.S.

Lauren Bacall

Honorary Award recipient Lauren Bacall, the star of classics such as To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Key Largo, How to Marry a Millionaire, and Designing Woman. Bacall was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996.

“A man at last,” the 85-year-old Bacall exclaimed while holding her Honorary Oscar. “I'm here to stay so you better get used to the idea.”

Annette Bening

Three-time Oscar nominated actress Annette Bening toasts Honorary Award recipient Lauren Bacall during the 2009 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Saturday, November 14.

Gordon Willis, Jeff Bridges

Gordon Willis, the cinematographer of classics such as The Godfather: Part II, All the President's Men, and The Purple Rose of Cairo, receives his Honorary Award from Jeff Bridges, one of the stars of Robert Benton's Bad Company, a 1972 Western shot by Willis

Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

Warren Beatty

Previous Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient Warren Beatty, who also won a best director Oscar for Reds in 1982, at the presentation of the Thalberg Award to John Calley, who was unable to attend the 2009 Governors Awards ceremony in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Saturday, November 14.

Steven Spielberg

Previous Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient Steven Spielberg, who also won two best directors Oscars, for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan

Dino de Laurentiis

Previous Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient Dino de Laurentiis, the producer of classics such as La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, The Great War, The Stranger, and Serpico

Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

Dino de Laurentiis, Warren Beatty, Norman Jewison, Saul Zaentz, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Walter Mirisch, Tom Hanks

Previous Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipients Dino de Laurentiis, Warren Beatty, Norman Jewison, Saul Zaentz, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Walter Mirisch and two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks present the Thalberg Award to producer John Calley (The Remains of the Day, The Da Vinci Code), who was unable to attend the 2009 Governors Awards ceremony held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Saturday, November 14.

Norman Jewison

Previous Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient Norman Jewison, whose socially conscious cop drama In the Heat of the Night won the best picture Oscar in 1968

Tom Hanks, Annette Bening, Martha Coolidge, Caleb Deschanel

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors posed for a group photo following the 2009 Governors Awards

Front Row (left to right): Sid Ganis, Phil Alden Robinson, Tom Hanks, Tom Sherak, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter

Second Row (left to right): Robert G. Friedman, Annette Bening, Owen Roizman, Rosemary Brandenburg, Mark Goldblatt, Lynne Littman

Third Row (left to right): Robert Epstein, Bill Taylor, Martha Coolidge, Marvin Levy, Don Hall, Jim Gianopulos, Richard Edlund

Fourth Row (left to right): Charles Fox, Richard Pearce, Caleb Deschanel, Donn Cambern, Vilmos Zsigmond, Curtis Hanson, Leonard Engelman

Top Row (left to right): Curt Behlmer, Bill Kroyer, Bruce Broughton, Robert Rehme, Frank Pierson, Arthur Hamilton, Carl Bell, James Bissell, Craig Barron

Todd Wawrychuk (group photos), Matt Petit (Jewison) / © A.M.P.A.S.

Lauren Bacall

Honorary Award recipient Lauren Bacall, who appeared in, among others, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Young Man with a Horn, How to Marry a Millionaire, Woman's World, Sex and the Single Girl, Murder on the Orient Express, The Fan, and The Mirror Has Two Faces, arrives at the 2009 Governors Awards ceremony held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Saturday, November 14.

Maria Bello

Maria Bello, the leading lady in A History of Violence

Alec Baldwin

Oscar 2010 co-host Alec Baldwin, a best supporting actor Academy Award nominee for The Cooler

Photos: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.

Gordon Willis

Honorary Award recipient Gordon Willis, the cinematographer of classics such as Klute, The Godfather films, Serpico, All the President's Men, Annie Hall, Comes a Horseman, Manhattan, Broadway Danny Rose, and The Purple Rose of Cairo, arrives at the 2009 Governors Awards ceremony held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Saturday, November 14. Despite his impressive list of credits, Willis has been nominated for only two Academy Awards: Zelig (1982) and The Godfather: Part III (1990)

Ron Howard

Ron Howard, who won a best director Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind in 2002

Dana Delany

Actress Dana Delany of the television series Desperate Housewives

Photos: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.

Saul Zaentz, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Walter Mirisch, Tom Hanks

Previous Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipients Saul Zaentz, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Walter Mirisch, and two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks present the Thalberg Award to producer John Calley (The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons), who was unable to attend the 2009 Governors Awards ceremony held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Saturday, November 14.

Vera Farmiga

Actress Vera Farmiga, a potential contender for the 2010 best supporting actress Oscar

Jeff Bridges, wife Susan

Four-time Academy Award nominee Jeff Bridges and wife Susan

Jonathan Demme, Roger Corman

Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme (for The Silence of the Lambs) and Honorary Award recipient Roger Corman

Photos: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.

Jennifer Tilly, Meg Tilly

Academy Award-nominated actresses Jennifer Tilly (as best supporting actress, for Bullets Over Broadway) and Meg Tilly (also in the best supporting actress category, for Agnes of God), arrive at the 2009 Governors Awards ceremony held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Saturday, November 14.

George Lucas, Mellody Hobson

Previous Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient and two-time best director Academy Award nominee George Lucas with investor/TV show hostess Mellody Hobson

Kirk Douglas

Three-time Academy Award nominee Kirk Douglas pays tribute to Lauren Bacall, his co-star in both Young Man with a Horn (1950) and Diamonds (1999)

Photos: Michael Yada (Jennifer and Meg Tilly, Lucas), Richard Harbaugh (Douglas) / © A.M.P.A.S.

Roger Corman

Honorary Award recipient Roger Corman, the producer-director of cult classics such as House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, Tower of London, The Terror, The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death, The Tomb of Ligeia, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and Bloody Mama, arrives at the 2009 Governors Awards ceremony held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Saturday, November 14.

Sally Kellerman, Anjelica Huston

Academy Award-nominated actress Sally Kellerman (in the supporting category, for M*A*S*H, in 1970) and Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston (also as best supporting actress, for Prizzi's Honor in 1985)

Caleb Deschanel

Five-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, among whose credits are The Black Stallion, The Right Stuff, The Natural, and The Passion of the Christ

Photos: Michael Yada / © A.M.P.A.S.

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1 Comment to Lauren Bacall + Gordon Willis & Roger Corman: Governors Awards Honor Oscar-less Talent

  1. Graceann Macleod

    What a stunningly beautiful photo of Lauren Bacall. It looks like it was a lovely evening all around.