Oprah Winfrey To Receive Honorary Oscar


Aug. 3 2011, Published 3:30 p.m. ET

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Oprah Winfrey is getting an Oscar!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says that Winfrey, along with legendary actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith, will be honored with Oscar statuettes at the Governors Awards in November.

The academy's Board of Governors voted Tuesday to recognize the trio for their individual achievements.

Winfrey, 57,  -- well known for her charitable works -- will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which honors philanthropic and humanitarian contributions.

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The former talk show host -- who now runs her own network -- was nominated for Best Supporting Actress  for 1985's The Color Purple, which marked her film debut.

Jones, 80, and Smith – known as the “godfather of makeup” will receive honorary Oscars for their outstanding careers.

Winfrey, Jones and Smith will receive their statuettes on November 12 at the 3rd annual Governors Awards dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, just above the Kodak Theatre, where the Academy Awards are presented.

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