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Governors Awards 2024 honorees



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 14th Annual Governors Awards, held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles, handed out a number of honorary Oscars to some of Hollywood’s most deserving stars.

This year, Angela Bassett, Mel Brooks, and Carol Littleton received Academy Honorary Awards while Michelle Satter was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

An eventful evening: This year, Angela Bassett, Mel Brooks, and Carol Littleton received Academy Honorary Awards while Michelle Satter was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Angela Bassett

Following her decades-long career in Hollywood, the performer, 65, finally went home with one of the most prestigious awards in the entertainment industry worldwide.

Last year, she received a nomination for best supporting actress for last year’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever for her role as Queen Ramonda. 

The nod came three decades after she competed in the category for best actress for 1993’s What’s Love Got to Do with It. 

Over the years, she has received various accolades, including two Golden Globe Awards. 

Her credits include Avengers: Endgame (2019), Black Panther (2018), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), Malcolm X (1992), Waiting to Exhale (1995) and Vampire in Brooklyn (1995). 

She and her ex-husband share twin Slater and Bronwyn. 

An honor: Following her decades-long career in Hollywood, Angela Bassett finally went home with one of the most prestigious awards in the entertainment industry worldwide

Mel Brooks

The American actor and comedian finally received a Honorary Academy Award, at the age of 97.

He is one of only 18 entertainers to ever achieve EGOT status.

The exclusive group is composed of those who have successfully won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

He rose to fame as one of the most successful film directors of the 1970s. 

While he is best known for films like The Producers (1967), The Twelve Chairs (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974) and Silent Movie (1976), he most recently wrote and produced the Hulu series History of the World, Part II (2023). 

The New York City native was married to actress Anne Bancroft from 1964 until her death in 2005. 

Officially part of the EGOT club! Mel Brooks finally received a Honorary Academy Award, at the age of 97

Carol Littleton

The film editor, whose body of work includes Body Heat (1981) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), previously won an Emmy for her work on the film Tuesdays with Morrie (1999).

On Tuesday night, she was one of the lucky few to receive a Honorary Academy Award. 

Over awards in her trophy case include an American Cinema Editors. 

She was born Oklahoma City and attended the University of Oklahoma College of Arts & Sciences. 

Five years after earning her bachelor’s degree in 1965, she obtained her master’s. 

She was married to cinematographer John Bailey from 1972 until his passing last year. 

Exciting: On Tuesday night, Carol Littleton was one of the lucky few to receive a Honorary Academy Award

Michelle Satter

Michelle Satter, a founder and director of the Sundance Institute’s artist programs, was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. 

According to the Oscar’s website, the honor goes to an ‘individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.’ 

‘The award is named for the Danish actor and translator who was one of Hollywood’s most active philanthropists,’ per the Academy’s description. 

Satter currently serves as the founding senior director of the Sundance Institute’s Artist Programs. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she helped create the Sundance Collab digital platform. 

A huge achievement: Michelle Satter, a founder and director of the Sundance Institute’s artist programs, was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

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