James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey To Receive Honorary Oscars
In honor of their contributions to the entertainment industry, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will give them the statues during the Governors Awards in November. They were chosen by The Academy’s Board of Governors after a vote yesterday.
Winfrey will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for all of her humanitarian and philanthropic contributions. The 57-year-old media mogul, who was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for 1985’s “The Color Purple,” supports a slew of charitable causes including her own, the recently closed Oprah Winfrey Foundation, and The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
Jones will receive an honorary Oscar for his outstanding career which spans almost five decades. The 80-year-old actor, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1971 for “The Great White Hope.” His other credits include “Field of Dreams,” “Patriot Games” and “The Hunt for Red October.”
Jones and Winfrey will receive the Oscar statues on November 12 at the 3rd annual Governors Awards dinner, which will take place where the Academy Awards are presented.