August 3rd, 2011
11:00 AM ET
After receiving an Academy Award nomination for her performance in 1985's "The Color Purple," Oprah Winfrey has finally nabbed an Oscar...but not for acting.
The 57-year-old OWN CEO has been awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy, an honorary Oscar that recognizes the media mogul for her philanthropic efforts. It's "given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry," the Academy's Board of Governors says in a statement.
Winfrey has established herself "as one of the most influential figures in entertainment and philanthropy," the Academy goes on. "She has been especially dedicated to supporting educational initiatives and raising awareness of issues that affect women and children, both in the United States and around the globe. Her philanthropic efforts have included Oprah’s Angel Network, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, which opened in South Africa in 2007."
Joining Winfrey as honorees are prolific actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith. All three honorary Oscar winners will receive their awards at the 3rd annual Governors Awards dinner on November 12.
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