Ben Stiller was handed 2011 honouree Robert Downey, Jr.'s plaque at the 26th American Cinematheque Awards last week (begs12Nov12) because his keepsake was broken hours before the show.

The Zoolander star was feted at the Los Angeles gala on Thursday (15Nov12) for his contributions to the film industry and a handful of his celebrity pals were on hand to speak on his behalf, including Martin Short, Will Ferrell, and Jennifer Aniston's fiance Justin Theroux.

But because backstage handlers accidentally dropped Stiller's prize just before the ceremony, officials asked to borrow one owned by Downey, Jr. so the funnyman could still have something to hold onto on his big night - even though it was inscribed with the wrong name, reports industry publication Variety.