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George Stevens misses Kennedy Center Honors State Department dinner to pick up Oscar


George Stevens Jr. on the red carpet in L.A. Saturday night. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
For the first time in 35 years, Kennedy Center Honors producer George Stevens Jr. missed Saturday’s State Department dinner — where the honorees receive their beribboned medals — to accept an honorary Oscar in Los Angeles. Stevens logged 4,600 miles in 16 hours: After presiding over at a rehearsal until 2:30 p.m. Saturday, he raced to the airport and hopped a borrowed private jet to L.A.. Wheels down at 5:30 p.m., and he was walking the red carpet a hour later. Longtime pal Sidney Poitier presented the AFI founder an Academy Award for contributions to film programs and preservation — then he was back on the jet at 11:30 p.m. for a red-eye to D.C., landing 7 a.m. Sunday. “So it worked out beautifully,” Stevens told us.

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