Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award is awarded periodically at the Governors Awards ceremonies to "Creative producers, whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production." The award is named for Irving Thalberg, legendary head of the Production Division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who developed the company's reputation for sophisticated films.
The trophy for award recipients is in the form of a bust of Thalberg rather than the familiar "Oscar" statuette. However, it is still counted as an "honorary Oscar". There have been 39 statuettes awarded to date.
At the 40th Academy Awards ceremony in 1968, the Thalberg Award was presented to Alfred Hitchcock by directory Robert Wise.