Oprah Winfrey is set to receive an honorary Oscar.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the chat show host – who received an honorary degree in June from the University of the Free State in South Africa – will be awarded with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in recognition of her extensive charity work.
The 57-year-old American – who supports a number of causes, including Academy for Girls in South Africa, as well as her namesake foundations – will be presented with the accolade on November 12 at the third annual Governors Awards dinner and ceremony at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
Oprah was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Color Purple’, in which she made her film debut in 1985, and she now runs her own TV network after 25 years of presenting her self-titled US talk show, which came to an end in May. Oprah was also executive producer on the movie “Precious” that saw Mo’nique win a best supporting actress award.
Yet tv website deadline.com had this to say:
Suffice it to say that of all the lousy decisions made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and its Board of Governors, choosing Oprah Winfrey to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award has to rank among the worst. This Oscar statuette is supposed to be given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry”. Nasty!
Actor James Earl Jones – who has appeared in more than 50 movies, which has seen him provide the voice of Darth Vader, as well as starring in ‘Scary Movie 4′ and ‘Patriot Games’ – and make-up artist Dick Smith, NBC’s first make-up artist when he began his career in 1945, will also be awarded with honorary Oscars for their outstanding careers.