The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Oscar statuettes to Oprah Winfrey, actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith in November.
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey waves before delivering a commencement speech to Stanford's University class of 2008 in Palo Alto, California, in this June 15, 2008 file photograph. Winfrey will be presented with a humanitarian award on November 12, 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced. Winfrey, who will be honored with the Jean Hersholt award, was nominated as best actress in her debut film, "The Color Purple," in 1985. Picture taken June 15, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Winfrey is to be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which honors those "whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry," the Academy said.
Winfrey, who received an Oscar nomination for her debut film performance in "The Color Purple," has established herself as one of the most influential figures in entertainment and philanthropy.
Actor James Earl Jones arrives at the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in this January 25, 2009 file photograph. Jones will receive an honorary Oscar at the academy's annual Governors Awards on November 12, 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced. Jones, a veteran of more than 50 films starting with "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," was nominated as best actor in 1970 for "The Great White Hope." Younger fans know him as the voice of Darth Vader in the "Star Wars" franchise. Picture taken January 25, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Jones and Smith will receive honorary awards 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 Academy said.
Jones was nominated for an Academy Award in 1971 for his role as boxer Jack Jefferson in "The Great White Hope." He has appeared in more than 50 feature films and voiced some of the most iconic characters in motion pictures including Darth Vader in the Star Wars trilogy and Mustafa in "The Lion King."
File photo of Dick Smith.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Smith, known as the "godfather of makeup," won an Oscar in 1984 for his work on "Amadeus," and received a nomination for "Dad" in 1989.
The awards will be presented Nov. 12 at the Academy's third annual Governors Awards dinner in Hollywood.