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Oprah to be given honorary Oscar for humanitarian work

The 57-year-old TV hostess will be given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her philanthropy.

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BILLIONAIRE TV HOSTESS Oprah Winfrey will be among three people to receive honorary Oscars later this year.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Winfrey, James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith will be honoured with Oscar statuettes at its Governors’ Awards in November.

The academy’s Board of Governors voted earlier this week to recognise the three veterans of the entertainment industry.

Winfrey will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which honors philanthropic and humanitarian contributions.

The 57-year-old media mogul, who was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for ‘The Colour Purple’ in 1985, supports various charitable and educational causes, including her own namesake foundations and Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Jones and Smith will receive honorary Oscars for their outstanding careers.

Jones has appeared in more than 50 films. The 80-year-old actor – the voice of Darth Vader – 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’.

Smith was NBC’s first makeup man when he started his career in 1945. He won an Oscar in 1984 for his work on ‘Amadeus’ and was nominated again in 1989 for ‘Dad’.

Known as the “godfather of makeup”, he also worked on ‘The Godfather’, ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Taxi Driver’. Smith also helped train many of today’s top movie makeup artists.

Smith, Jones and Winfrey will receive their Oscar statuettes on November 12 at the 3rd annual Governors Awards dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, just above the Kodak Theatre, where the Academy Awards are presented.

Oprah’s namesake television show ended a record-breaking 25-year run last May. Her final show took an audience share of 13.3 million, meaning it was watched by 70 per cent of all US television sets.

AP

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