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Scenic Artists Dena D'Angelo, left, and Gayle Etcheverry, right, prepare to spray a fresh coat of paint on one of two 24-foot-tall Oscar statues Monday morning at a undisclosed Los Angeles County location in preparation for the Governors Awards and the 82nd Academy Awards. All the Oscar statues are getting a new coat of paint that will have more shine this year, with a darker base that more closely resembles the statuette. The scenic artists are using a low VOC paint that has no metal and is more California compliant. The academy will present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-executive John Calley, and honorary awards to actress Lauren Bacall, producer-director Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis. All four awards will be presented at the academy's inaugural Governors Awards event on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
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