Mel Brooks accepting his honorary oscar.

Mel Brooks Accepts Honorary Oscar, Promises He Won’t Sell It

Mel Brooks accepting his honorary Oscar.
L to R: Mel Brooks, Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick. Courtesy of The Oscars.

Last night, Mel Brooks accepted an Honorary Oscar at the annual Governor's Award ceremony in Los Angeles. The award was presented to him by Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, whom he worked with on the Broadway musical adaptation of The Producers. They honored the EGOT winner with some songs from his most famous projects over the years.

Mel Brooks on his honorary oscar.

As he accepted the award, 97 year-old Brooks was clearly emotional. He started out by mentioning his first Oscar, which was in 1968 for writing The Producers. "I miss it so much," he joked. "I never should have sold it." He promised not to sell this one. 

He talked about what getting this award means to him, stating "If your fellow writers, directors, actors like you and appreciate your work, it means a lot. It means a whole lot."

We can hardly think of anyone that deserves this honor more than Brooks. He got his start in 1950 on Your Show of Shows, and has been making us laugh for over 70 years. 

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