By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 15, 2013 at 2:31PM
Upcoming Governors Award honorees Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi have weighed in on receiving their special Oscars, which will be given out at a non-televised black-tie dinner November 16 (Tom Hanks and Anthony Hopkins are a couple of the big names feting the recipients). Quote highlights from the AP below.
Angelina Jolie on receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:
"Paul Newman has been a hero of mine since I was a little girl. Receiving the Hersholt award makes me feel like I am on the right path but also reminds me I have more to do... It is an honor and a pleasure to work on behalf of refugee children and victims of rape. No matter how much I have to do, how busy my life is, I am always aware that the challenges are absolutely nothing in comparison to what they face on a daily basis."
Angela Lansbury on receiving the lifetime achievement award:
"It's a nod for everything I've done, in a sense. That's what it means to me: It is really an acknowledgement of a good career, a good career as an actress in Hollywood… My early days at MGM were thrilling and exciting beyond words because it all happened so fast. I started off with three big, huge movies ['Gaslight,' 'National Velvet' and 'The Picture of Dorian Grey']."
Steve Martin on receiving an honorary lifetime achievement award:
"It goes back to the '80s and '90s — that all that work was actually registering with somebody in a kind of serious way. I and all the people I worked with, we took it very seriously and we worried a lot about it, so it's quite a compliment to have it regarded in some way. It's quite an honor.
It doesn't bother me that traditionally, comedies don't get recognized on a yearly basis. But in the honorary academy list, there are a lot of comedians and funny people recognized."
Piero Tosi on receiving an honorary lifetime achievement award:
"Mostly, I dreamt a lot watching American movies of the '30s and '40s. That wonderful season fed me throughout my career."