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The former daytime talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey will be getting an Oscar. Oprah is set to be pleased with a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards that takes place on 12th November at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood and Highland Centre. Oprah Winfrey will receive the Oscar statuette for her extensive charitable, educational and philanthropic works.

Apart from her well known host of the talk-show host as well as TV producer, Oprah Winfrey was past nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 1985 movie named ‘The Colour Purple’. Besides, Oprah has also made a special appearance at the 67th Academy Awards in 1995. During the show she presented the Hersholt Award to Quincy Jones.

In addition to Winfrey, the other persons who will be honoured at the Governors Award are James Earl Jones and Dick Smith. James has appeared in more than 50 films and has lent his voice for Darth Vader in ‘Star Wars’. Smith has started his career as makeup artist in 1945 and has won an Oscar for his works in 1984’s film ‘Amadeus’. However, James and Smith receive Honorary Award in recognition of their lengthy and distinguished careers.

To be known, the Academy’s Honorary Award will be given to an individual for extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences or for an outstanding service to the Academy.

The Board of Governors of the Academy voted on the recipients on Tuesday during the board meeting and has announced them later after the recipients had been notified.

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