Mel Brooks Earns Honorary Oscar at 97

Mel Brooks, the 97-year-old legendary US comic and filmmaker, was honored with a lifetime achievement Oscar at the Governors Awards in Hollywood. This recognition comes more than half a century after he won his only Academy Award with "The Producers."

At the black-tie gala, Brooks, known for his iconic satire and exposure of racial bigotry in films like "Blazing Saddles," humorously lamented the sale of his previous Oscar for best original screenplay, vowing not to sell this one. He is already one of the select few entertainers to win an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy across a career spanning eight decades, a feat known as an "EGOT."

The Honorary Award is given to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy. Past recipients of the award include Samuel L. Jackson, Donald Sutherland, Jackie Chan, and Cicely Tyson.

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