The Italian icon, Sophia Loren, 76, was the guest of honour at the event, staged by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bosses, which featured tributes and clips of her most famous roles.
During the evening, Hollywood stars told of their memories of Sophia Loren, with Rob Marshall - who directed Loren in movie musical "Nine" - recalling that working with her was "the most magic I will ever have".
Tom Hanks also took to the stage at the "Beverly Hills" bash to honor the "timeless, beautiful and authentically real" actress, while John Travolta called her the "most delicious" thing to come out of Italy.
Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni surprised Loren by singing to her in a video message.
Her family was also present at the gala, and her son Edoardo Ponti fought back tears as he declared, "We are here because we love you and you deserve every single thing."