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She's a 94-year-old Irish screen icon and now - finally - she has been awarded an Oscar.

She's a 94-year-old Irish screen icon and now - finally - she has been awarded an Oscar.

Liam Neeson and Clint Eastwood were delighted to present the honorary Oscar to Maureen O'Hara in Hollywood.

She sang the final words of Danny Boy and thanked three men who helped make her career: actors Charles Laughton and John Wayne and director John Ford, with whom she made the classic 1952 film The Quiet Man opposite Wayne.

Fellow honorees Harry Belafonte (87), Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (73) and French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere (83) also received awards.

Neeson and Eastwood admitted to having a crush on the Dublin-born beauty. Neeson described her as "one of the true legends of cinema" and "one of the most adventurous women who ever lived", explaining that the actress was a pioneer in doing her own stunts on screen.

disbelief

When Neeson handed her the Oscar, she asked in disbelief: "What's this? I only hope it's silver or gold and not like a spoon out of the kitchen."

Jake Gyllenhaal, Marion Cotillard, Ron Howard and Pixar chief John Lasseter also turned out for the event.

The academy's board selects the honorary Oscar winners.

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