Oprah Winfrey Tapped to Receive Honorary Oscar

Aug 3, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Oprah Winfrey has been tapped to win an honorary Oscar, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Awards Tracker blog. The longtime talk-show host will receive the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Winfrey, 57, has focused on philanthropic efforts including Oprah’s Angel Network, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. She was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar in her film debut in 1985’s "The Color Purple."

James Earl Jones will receive the Honorary Award, along with makeup artist Dick Smith, the story notes. Jones, 80, voiced Darth Vader in "Star Wars" and appeared in films such as "Field of Dreams." Smith, 89, worked on classic movies such as "The Godfather" and won an Oscar for 1984’s "Amadeus.”

The awards will be given out Nov. 12 at the Academy’s Third Annual Governors Awards dinner.


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