Oprah Winfrey Receives Honorary Oscar Award For Humanitarian Work

Nov 15, 2011 – Oprah Winfrey Receives Honorary Oscar Award For Humanitarian Work

Oprah Winfrey accepts her Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA, Saturday, November 12, 2011.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences annually bestows its Governors Awards on people who have made an impact in the industry. This year, the honorary Oscars went to Winfrey, actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith at a black-tie affair that brought out stars such as John Travolta, Glenn Close and Alec Baldwin.
The Talk show host and film actress Oprah Winfrey, who was nominated for a supporting-actress Academy Award in 1985’s “The Color Purple,” was given a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by a young woman who was sent through high school on a financial grant she earned from Winfrey’s foundation.
Winfrey teared up when accepting her honorary Oscar and described the moment as “unimaginable” given her humble roots growing up in Mississippi.

“All of us can make a difference through the life we lead,” Winfrey said. “We’re all here to help each other.”

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