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Academy Honors Katzenberg With Governors Award

A gala kicks off the movie awards season.

The Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy on Saturday awarded Jeffrey Katzenberg its Governors Award.

The award annually goes to people who've had an impact on Hollywood and honors achievements outside the categories of existing Oscars. The Academy also honored documentarian D.A. Pennebaker, stuntman Hal Needham and American Film Institute founder George Stevens Jr. with the award.

Katzenberg is best known for his work with the Walt Disney Company's movie division and Dreamworks Animation, especially for producing Shrek for the latter, but he was honored for work he did outside of the movies. The Academy recognized his philanthropy and fundraising efforts. In particular, said the New York Daily News, Katzenberg has helped raise funds for the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

"You might say that all of us who work in the film industry live in two worlds," the Daily News reported Katzenberg saying. "There is the imaginary world that we project on the screen and then there is the real world that we live in every day. This award is a recognition of the extraordinary generosity of our industry towards improving the real world that we all share."

According to the Academy's website, others at the event, which took place at the Hollywood and Highland Center's Ray Dolby Ballroom, included Seth MacFarlane, Sen. Al Franken, Michael Moore, Annette Bening, Sidney Poitier, Quentin Tarantino, Will Smith and Tom Hanks.

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