Starry crowd dazzles in celebration of honorary Academy Awards

Actress Marion Cotillard and director Luc Dardenne of the film "Two Days, One Night" attend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards in Los Angeles, California November 8, 2014. (Reuters)

A constellation of stars gathered in Hollywood for an off-camera celebration of four stalwart film talents.

Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Kevin Costner, Mark Wahlberg, Sidney Poitier, Ed Norton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Rock, Ron Howard and Hilary Swank were among the celebrities toasting the first Oscar winners of the season at the film academy's Governors Awards Saturday night.

Actress Maureen O'Hara, filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere and actor and activist Harry Belafonte accepted honorary Academy Awards at the private dinner ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences established the Governors Awards in 2009 as an untelevised celebration of its honorary Oscar winners.
 

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