Lauren Bacall Wins an Oscar

Roger Corman, Gordon Willis, John Calley share the spotlight
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2009 3:24 PM CST
Actress Lauren Bacall poses with her honorary Oscar following the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2009 Governors Awards, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(Newser) – 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.