OSCARS - GOVERNORS AWARDS
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Armed storm troopers made sure guests were in their seats at the Kodak Theatre and paying attention as Darth Vader opened the special Oscars event honoring James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey and makeup artist Dick Smith. Under Vader's helmet was the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This was the start of the Governors Awards. Winfrey said being honored by the academy for her philanthropy is "unimaginable" given her humble beginnings in Mississippi. Smith said he was "so grateful" to get an honorary Oscar for make-up. Jones stayed in London where he's starring in "Driving Miss Daisy." Cameras were rolling at the end of the day's performance when Ben Kingsley stepped onto the stage with Jones' honorary Oscar and made the presentation. Jones used a British word he'd just learned to describe his feeling, saying he was "gobsmaked."