Tuesday, 9 August 2011

THE OPRAH FACTOR: Film Academy to honour Winfrey and James Earl Jones

Retired queen of talk Oprah Winfrey is being honoured later this year in a major way for her years of humanitarian work. In November, Winfrey will be presented with an honorary Oscar - the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - by the Academy. Winfrey is past Oscar nominee (Best Supporting Actress) for her performance in 1985's The Color Purple.

Screen and stage legend James Earl Jones (Cry Freedom) and pioneering makeup artist Dick Smith will also be honored by the Academy in November with Governors Awards.

The Honorary Award is presented for "extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the academy." The Jean Hersholt Award, named after the Danish-born actor who helped form the Motion Picture Relief Fund in 1939, is given to an individual "whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry."

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