Movie stars James Stewart, Lauren Bacall and Tom Cruise were presented American Cinema Awards Saturday night for distinguished achievemnt in film at ceremonies graced by some of the most celebrated performers in the entertainment world.

Singer Whitney Houston was given the award for musical performer of the year at the eighth annual American Cinema Foundation ceremonies, where more than 2,000 audience members, including some 200 stars mostly from the past, dined.The $2,500-a-plate banquet benefitted the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital.

The American Cinema Awards were created by producer David Gest and singer Michael Jackson in 1983. The foundation also provides scholarships for theater arts, dance and music at colleges nationwide.

The awards, co-produced this year by Celia Lipton-Farris, are noted for the great number of performers in attendance.

Presenters were Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas and Maureen O'Hara. Robert Wagner played host to introduce film and TV celebrities.