James Cameron lauded “the incredible culmination of a 30-year partnership” as he put his hands on concrete with producer Jon Landau in front of the TCL Chinese theater in Los Angeles.
Cameron said the Oscar-winning couple, who first worked together on the 1994 film True Lies, were “like an old married couple” but rarely celebrated together.
The ceremony, which took place on Thursday, was postponed last month after the director tested positive for Covid-19, forcing him to abduct.
This meant that Cameron also missed the Los Angeles premiere of his award-winning blockbuster, Avatar: The Way Of Water.
He and Landau were attended by the film’s two stars, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang, who both commended them for their work and dedication.
In his own words, Cameron said the duo’s success stemmed from their “innate production understanding” and communication.
“Our partnership has been a really solid partnership from the beginning. “We first worked together on True Lies 30 years ago, in 1993.”
“(Jon) and I got along so well that we had an innate sense of production that allowed us to communicate very productively.
“At this point we’re a bit like an old married couple, we know how to avoid fights, we know how to divide and conquer, and how to complement each other.
“And we’re basically just divide and conquer, Jon will do one thing, I’ll do the other so we hardly ever get together to be celebrated and seen together like that – it really doesn’t happen that much.
“I think this is a wonderful culmination of a 30-year partnership to immortalize our hands and feet together here.”
Cameron also thanked his wife Suzie, whom he describes as “my additional man”.
Later, after the ceremony ended, the couple told the PA news agency it felt “cold and squishy” to put their hands and feet on concrete.
“I think that was the last thing many mid-level gangsters felt right before they went to Lake Tahoe (on the California/Nevada border),” Cameron joked.
“It was more emotional than I thought,” Landau told PA.
“I thought it would be exciting to be here… the history of cinema and thinking, ‘I’m going to be a small part of it’… It really struck me.”
Cameron added: “Emotionally, as someone who was a fan of movies as a kid and later became film practitioners, I think this is just one of those wonderful experiences that I don’t think either of us was expecting.
“I don’t think you can expect something like this, but you’re very grateful when it comes.”