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Topic - D.A. Pennebaker
The honorary Oscar winners at the 4th annual Governors Awards include a stuntman who broke 56 bones during his performing career, a documentarian who has made movies for six decades, the founder of the American Film Institute and a philanthropist who has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for arts, education and health-related causes.
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"Anything you can do to increase the awareness of these (documentaries) _ including giving me an Oscar _ is probably useful. But in a way it's kind of like giving somebody a moose," he said.
"It's sort of a cross between a Nobel Prize and being the fourth batter for the New York Yankees," he said in an interview from his home in New York.