James Earl Jones and Oprah Winfrey Will Receive Honorary Academy Awards

News   James Earl Jones and Oprah Winfrey Will Receive Honorary Academy Awards The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Aug. 2 to present Honorary Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Oprah Winfrey.

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James Earl Jones Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

All three awards will be presented at the Academy's 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner Nov. 12 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given to an individual 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 Humanitarian Award, an Oscar statuette, is given to an "individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry."

The Governors Awards presentation will be produced for the Academy by writer-director Phil Robinson with Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare of Don Mischer Productions.

James Earl Jones, most recently on Broadway in Driving Miss Daisy, won Tony Awards for his performances in The Great White Hope and Fences and was also Tony-nominated for his work in On Golden Pond. The actor has also been seen on Broadway in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, "MASTER HAROLD"…and the boys, Othello, A Lesson from Aloes, Paul Robeson, Of Mice and Men, The Iceman Cometh, Les Blancs, A Hand Is on the Gate, Danton's Death, Infidel Caesar, The Cool Wind and Sunrise at Campobello. Jones' screen credits are numerous and include an Oscar-nominated performance in "The Great White Hope" and Emmy-winning turns in "Gabriel's Fire" and "Heat Wave."

Oprah Winfrey was the lead producer on the musical version of The Color Purple.

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