"The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who've made indelible contributions in their respective fields," said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. "We couldn't be more excited for this year's honorees and look forward to bringing their peers and colleagues together to celebrate their extraordinary achievements."
Oscar nominations for supporting performances: "Gaslight," "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and 1962′s "The Manchurian Candidate."
Three-time Oscar host Martin was screenwriter and star of 1977 Oscar-nommed short "The Absent-Minded Waiter," in addition to writing and starring in "The Jerk," "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," "Three Amigos," "Roxanne," "L.A. Story," "The Pink Panther" series and "Shopgirl."
Tosi collaborated with Italian director Luchino Visconti on such films as "White Nights" and "Rocco and His Brothers" and costume design nominees "The Leopard," "Death in Venice" and "Ludwig." He received two more nominations for his designs for "La Cage aux Folles" and "La Traviata."
Supporting actress Oscar winner Jolie has become an advocate for humanitarian causes such as the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. She has also tackled humanitarian issues in films such as "A Mighty Heart" and her directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey."
The board of governors decided on these honorees at a meeting Tuesday night, but Acad officials held off on an announcement until now so they could notify the recipients. It's tough to keep secrets in Hollywood. And in the past few years, some key decisions made at board meetings were leaked to reporters before AMPAS wanted the news to get out.
So either the new board is more discreet or new president Boone Isaacs and AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson are cracking the whip.
Hudson has been championing more racial and sexual diversity, both within the Academy and the industry, Last year, the Governors Awards went to four American men: Hal Needham, D.A. Pennebaker, George Stevens Jr. and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
The fourth Governors Awards event, held on Dec. 1, was produced by Boone Isaacs before her election this year as the Academy president.
When a separate ceremony was decreed a few years ago, some Acad members balked. But the general feeling was that the choices for special honors were being limited by broadcast considerations. The TV show didn't have enough time for more than two honorees a year, and the salute to their careers was given minimal time on the show.
In addition, some members felt the choices were favoring names that were familiar to TV viewers.
There was some trepidation before the 2009 event, but it proved to be a big hit, and has grown since then. Among other things, the evening into a must-stop for Hollywood heavy-hitters, including awards hopefuls who get a chance to work the room.
Recipients in the past four years have included Jean-Luc Godard, Lauren Bacall, John Calley, Kevin Brownlow and Oprah Winfrey, among others.
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