He closed by thanking “the entire Hollywood community for allowing me to be a part of it.”
Tom Hanks and Will Smith introduced Katzenberg by joking about his persistent calls for charitable donations. The DreamWorks executive has raised more than $230 million as chairman of the Motion Picture and Television Fund foundation.
“Mostly, all I did was pick up the phone and ask you,” Katzenberg said as he accepted his award. “It’s you who did it. You who gave of your time, your talent, your money, your hearts. Because that’s what you do. That is what Hollywood does.”
AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter: www.twitter.com/APSandy.
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