Hollywood luminaries like George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino, and Jack Nicholson were present as screen star Lauren Bacall received an honourary Oscar for her work in film.
The presentation - the first time an Academy Award has been presented ahead of the main ceremony - was made during the Governor's Awards at the Hollywood and Highland center's Grand Ballroom.
"I can't believe it - a man at last," joked Lauren as she received the lifetime achievement statuette.
Lauren made her big screen debut in 1945, starring in To Have and Have Not. Following that role, she quickly became one of the most successful actresses of the Forties and Fifties, though she never won an Oscar.
The remaining statuettes will be given on March 7 during the Oscars Award Ceremony at the famous Kodak Theater in Hollywood.
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