Angelina Jolie to receive humanitarian Oscar
05:00 AM, Sep 05, 2013
Angelina Jolie is adding another Oscar to her collection. This time for her humanitarian work.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Jolie with the honorary Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, according to a release sent out Thursday.
Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi will also receive honorary governor awards. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 5th annual Governors Awards on Nov. 16.
“The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who’ve made indelible contributions in their respective fields,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in the statement. “We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s honorees.”
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which is an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”
Jolie, who won a best supporting actress award for 1999’s Girl, Interrupted, was praised by the academy for “staking out a career in the nexus of entertainment and philanthropy” for being an “impassioned advocate for humanitarian causes, traveling widely to promote organizations and social justice efforts such as the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative.”
Jolie tweeted thanks Thursday, saying “I’m so proud to win an honorary Oscar this year with @TheAcademy, So much love & joy to u all, thank you! Congrats Martin, Lansbury, & Tosi.”
The honorary awards were voted on by the academy board of governors at a meeting on Tuesday night. But the announcements were delayed close to 48 hours as academy representatives tried to contact the recipients, many of whom were on vacation.
The honorary governors awards have been granted since 2009. Oprah Winfrey received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2011. 2012 governor awards recipients included filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, legendary stuntman Hal Needham and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.