18 Nov 2013

Honorary Oscar awarded to Jolie

6:34 am on 18 November 2013

Angelina Jolie was awarded an honorary Oscar on Saturday in Hollywood for her humanitarian work.

Veteran actress Angela Lansbury, comedian Steve Martin, and Italian costume designer Pietro Tosi also received awards at the annual ceremony organised by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Jolie, 38, received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from George Lucas, the man behind the Star Wars films.

She won an acting Oscar in 2000 for a supporting role in the movie Girl, Interrupted.

Lansbury, 88, and Martin, 68, received lifetime achievement awards.

The BBC reports Martin has never been nominated for an Oscar, despite hosting the Academy Awards ceremony on three occasions.

Lansbury was similarly passed over by the Academy, despite being nominated three times for the best supporting actress Oscar. She is best known for her role as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote.

''Ms Lansbury, here is your Academy Award at last," said film historian Robert Osborne as he presented the statuette.

However, Tosi, 86, was unable to attend and the award was collected on his behalf by Italian actress Claudia Cardinale.

The event marked the fifth year that the Academy has presented its honorary awards at a separate ceremony.

The 2014 Oscars will be held on 2 March.