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In late 2009, the Academy held its inaugural Governors Awards, moving a long segment from its winter telecast to a full fall ceremony where Hollywood figures could pay tribute to legends receiving honorary statues. It has also become the go-to event for award hopefuls to brush elbows with Oscar heavyweights in one room. It’s also a chance for new Academy members to break into the group and mingle with veterans. Last Sunday was the 10th celebration with honorary Oscars for Cicely Tyson, Lalo Schifrin and Marvin Levy and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

This year’s selections also made history. Tyson, who was previously nominated in 1973 for best actress in “Sounder,” is the first black woman to receive an honorary Academy Award, and Kennedy, known for co-founding Amblin Entertainment with her husband, Marshall, and Steven Spielberg and is now president of Lucasfilm, is the first woman to get the Thalberg Award. The Thalberg was last awarded in 2010 to Francis Ford Coppola. Schifrin is a celebrated composer whose best work includes the score for “Magnum Force,” “Bullitt” and “Dirty Harry.” Levy, who has spent decades promoting films for the top movie studios, is the first publicist to receive an honorary Oscar.

Actress Laura Dern, left, presents publicist Marvin Levy with an honorary Oscar at the 2018 Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Among the night’s presenters were Laura Dern and Tom Hanks for Levy, Spielberg and Matt Damon for Kennedy and Marshall, Kathy Bates and Clint Eastwood for Schifrin and Tyler Perry, Quincy Jones and Ava DuVernay for Tyson. Eastwood, who is among the award contenders for acting and directing in “The Mule,” starred in several movies scored by Schifrin. Jones, who was accompanied by his daughter, actor-director Rashida Jones, is the subject of the acclaimed Netflix documentary, “Quincy.”

Although the Governors Awards’ red carpet was toned down due to the California wildfires, the star power was still in high gear. While award arrivals are often more of a fashion show, the Governors Awards is the best showing for films, actors and directors that have a chance of earning a nomination.

Many actor-directors were among this year’s attendees, including Joel Edgerton (“Boy Erased”), John Krasinski (“A Quiet Place”), Jonah Hill (“Mid90s”) and Paul Dano (“Wildlife”). First-time directors Boots Riley (“Sorry to Bother You”) and Bo Burnham (“Eighth Grade”) and veterans Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Tamara Jenkins (“Private Life”) and Steve McQueen (“Widows”) were also present.

Actors brought their A-game to the red carpet, reminding Academy members of their performances. Previous winners like Nicole Kidman (“Boy Erased,” “Destroyer”), Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”), Emma Stone (“The Favourite”) and Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) rubbed elbows with previous nominees like Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”), Carey Mulligan (“Wildlife”), Hugh Jackman (“The Front Runner”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”).

Among the crowd of contenders hoping for their first nomination were Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born”), Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) and Amandla Stenberg (“The Hate U Give”).

United fronts were in full force, too. Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Danai Gurira were on hand to represent “Black Panther.” Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan of “A Private War” posed for photos, and John David Washington and Topher Grace of “BlacKkKlansman” graced the red carpet. “Crazy Rich Asians” stars Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh and Lisa Lu made joint appearances at the ceremony. A-list couple Krasinski and Emily Blunt promoted “A Quiet Place.”

Timothee Chalamet, left, hugs Armie Hammer as they arrive at the Governors Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

But nights like the Governors Awards are not all work and no play. “Call Me By Your Name” co-stars Armie Hammer (“On the Basis of Sex”) and Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”) playfully reunited on the red carpet.