Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones & Dick Smith to receive Academy’s Governors Awards


MUMBAI: The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to present Honorary Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Oprah Winfrey.

All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner on 12 November, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

Jones has appeared in more than 50 feature films including Claudine, Conan the Barbarian, Field of Dreams,Coming to America, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Jones has also voiced some iconic characters in motion pictures including Darth Vader in the Star Wars trilogy and Mustafa in The Lion King.

Known as the "godfather of makeup," Smith is known for his artistry on such films as The Godfather, The Exorcist and Taxi Driver.  Smith helped train many of today’s Academy Award-winning and nominated makeup artists including Rick Baker, Greg Cannom, Kevin Haney, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Mike Elizalde and Carl Fullerton.

Winfrey has gone on to establish herself as one of the most influential figures in entertainment and philanthropy. She has been 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.

The Honorary Award is given to an individual for "extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy."

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.

The Governors Awards presentation will be produced for the Academy by writer-director Phil Robinson with Don Mischer Productions’ Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare.