Steve Martin Awarded Honorary Oscar

By: Kimberly Ripley - November 16, 2013

Steve Martin was awarded an honorary Oscar for his years in the film industry. He, along with Angela Lansbury, Angelina Jolie and costume designer Piero Tosi received awards at the fifth annual Academy Governors Awards ceremony on Saturday. Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, while the remainder of the honorees received honorary Academy Awards.

Held at The Ray Dolby Ballroom of the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, the event awarded Martin with something he knew he would never receive.

“I just really gave up on that thought over 20 years ago,” he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I really did. I just thought, “This is not really comedy’s world.” And, I never gave it another thought.”

Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury, Angelina Jolie and Piero Tosi were both lauded and entertained by Tom Hanks and Anthony Hopkins in front of a star-studded audience. Martin got laughs from the audience, too, for jogging to his seat following his introduction.

Martin is best known in the film world for his movies The Jerk, All of Me and Roxanne. He also starred in the remake of Father of the Bride and its sequel, Father of the Bride 2. A Saturday Night Live guest star and frequent host, he has entertained with his comedy–not to mention his spectacular banjo playing skills–for decades. He is truly deserving of this honor he received on Saturday. Congratulations are certainly owed Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury and Piero Tosi, too.

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  • Chris

    Steve Martin is not an “SNL alumnus” although he has hosted the show many times.

  • TD

    You either win the Oscar,or you don’t! What the heck is this “Honorary” crap?! So if you win this award, does that mean your works is above average, but not good enough to win a real Oscar?

    • Marisol Vasquez

      He’s an excellent actor….!!!

    • Steve

      TD, see my reply below. I would suggest that the list of actors I recited has done well “above average” work.


  • Know One

    Reply to TD,

    The Academy Honorary Award, instituted in 1948 for the 21st Academy Awards (previously called the Special Award), is given by the discretion of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to celebrate motion picture achievements that are not covered by existing Academy Awards, although prior winners of competitive Academy Awards are not excluded from receiving the Honorary Award.[1] Unless otherwise specified, Honorary Award recipients receive the same gold Oscar statuettes received by winners of the competitive Academy Awards.[2] Unlike the Special Achievement Award instituted in 1972, those on whom the Academy confers its Honorary Award do not have to meet “the Academy’s eligibility year and deadline requirements.”[3] Like the Special Achievement Award, the Special Award and Honorary Award have been used to reward significant achievements of the year that did not fit in existing categories, subsequently leading the Academy to establish several new categories, and to honor exceptional career achievements, contributions to the motion picture industry, and service to the Academy.

  • Steve

    That’s true, you either win or you don’t. And here’s a (partial) list of those who didn’t:

    Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Arthur, Carole Lombard, Irene Dunne, Orson Welles, Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton, Edward G. Robinson, Peter Sellers, James Mason.

    And what about current actors such as Tom Cruise, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Ed Harris, James Woods, Ralph Fiennes. I could go on and on….

    • Steve

      And I left out Judy Garland! Shame on me.

  • Gary

    I was reading the article and I read the titles of some of the famous movies that Steve acted in, however, they left off ROXANNE, a movie that I believe Steve did one of his finest scenes. The Bar Scene where he discribed all the various ways to recognize the enormity of his nose. Absolutely fabulous and terrific. No other actor could have done that scene any better.

  • Gary

    I’m sorry. They did list Roxanne. They should have listed it twice, it was that good.