Oprah Winfrey couldn't stop her tears from rolling down as she received her Oscar at the third annual Governors Awards. The talk show mogul was presented with the coveted award of Jean Hersholt Humanitarian from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the event at the Hollywood & Highland Center, Los Angeles on Saturday night, November 12.
Upon accepting the golden statuette, Oprah said, "I never imagined receiving an Oscar, especially for doing what is part of my calling, part of my being." She added, "If you are not a former colored girl born in Mississippi in 1954, it is impossible for you to know what this journey has meant."
"It's unimaginable that I would be standing before you, voted by the board of governors," the former host of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" continued. "So when I say thank you, the thank you comes from a place deeper even than I know, because it's not just from me, it's from everybody who made me possible."
Oprah was once nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple". At the event, her BFFs, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, Maria Shriver, Sidney Poitier and John Travolta, were all on hand to present the award for her.
The third annual Governors Awards started as Tom Sherak, the Academy President, took to the stage by dressing up as Darth Vader to pay tribute to James Earl Jones, who lent his voice to the villainous character in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. During the show, James as well as veteran make-up artist Dick Smith were the other recipients of the honorary Oscars.
The awarding event was created in 2009 to pay tribute to the winners of honorary Oscars, which were previously presented at the Academy Awards telecast. This year's Governors Awards was attended by plenty of Hollywood veterans, including Woody Harrelson, Ellen Barkin and Alec Baldwin among others.