A mere 65 years after her unforgettable screen debut, Lauren Bacall has won an Academy Award. The honorary Oscar was a high point of a ceremony last night in Los Angeles that also celebrated the careers of filmmaker Roger Corman, cinematographer Gordon Willis, and producer John Calley. "I can't believe it, a man at last!" the 85-year-old Bacall joked as she hoisted her new hardware.
Woody Allen called Willis "the best cinematographer we have ever seen." And Jonathan Demme spoke for many—not just fans of his mentor Corman—when he asked, "People, what took you so long?" The festivities weren't televised, but the Academy may include highlights during the March 7 Oscar telecast, the Los Angeles Times reports.