Oscar 2009: Honorary Awards to Bacall, Willis, Caley and Corman

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Nov 15, 2009–The awards ceremony Saturday night, November 14, at the grand ballroom at Hollywood and Highland, saw producer Roger Corman, cinematographer Gordon Willis and actress Lauren Bacall get standing ovations during a half-hour apiece of clips, footage, recollections and toasts.
One of the events' emotional highs was the presentation to the fourth honoree, who was absent due to illness, producer and former studio exec John Calley, who was given the 35th Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.  In his place, seven former recipients of the prize, Warren Beatty, Dino De Laurentiis, Norman Jewison, George Lucas, Walter Mirisch, Steven Spielberg and Saul Zaentz, took the stage, with Tom Hanks handing the Oscar to Spielberg, accepting on Calley's behalf.