Angelina Jolie, along with Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi, will be honored by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. While each of her fellow actors is set to receive the Honorary Award, Jolie will be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy's 5th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 16.
The Humanitarian Award is given "to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry." Jolie is praised for being "an impassioned advocate for humanitarian causes," and her dedication has also shaped her work in films that tackle global humanitarian issues including "In the Land of Blood and Honey".
"I'm so proud to win an honorary Oscar this year with @TheAcademy, So much love & joy to u all, thank you! Congrats Martin, Lansbury, & Tosi," tweeted Jolie, who won an Oscar for her supporting performance in 1999's "Girl, Interrupted". She joins past winners including Oprah Winfrey and the DreamWorks Animation CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg.
As for actors Lansbury and Martin, as well as Italian costume designer Tosi, they are hailed for their "exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy."
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs has made a statement regarding this year's recipients. "The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who've made indelible contributions in their respective fields," said Isaacs. "We couldn't be more excited for this year's honorees."