Angelina Jolie To Be Awarded Humanitarian Oscar
Angelina Jolie will be presented with an Oscar for her humanitarian work. The 38-year-old actress will be awarded the honorary Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is presented “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry”, according to a press release from the Academy.
In a press release, on 5th September, from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Jolie was highly praised for being “an impassioned advocate for humanitarian causes, traveling widely to promote organizations and social justice efforts such as the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative. The release went on to reference Jolie’s philanthropic exploits relating to her work with the Council of Foreign Relations and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The Academy also commended her appointment to her position as “Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres in 2012 after twelve years of service” to the UNHCR. The Academy also commented on her film projects which highlight humanitarian issues, including A Mighty Heart and In the Land of Blood and Honey.
Jolie responded to the release publically; she wrote on twitter thanking the academy for the award and congratulated her fellow winners Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi on being award governor awards.
The awards will be presented on November 16th at the Academy’s 5th Annual Governors Awards. Only 34 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards have been presented, previous winners include Oprah Winfrey, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.
Congratulations to all the winners on their awards!
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