Oscar-winning Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie will receive a special Academy Award in honor of her humanitarian work, while three others in Hollywood will earn honorary Oscars for lifetime achievement.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Thursday that Angelina Jolie will get the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award while Honorary Awards will be presented to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi at its 5th Annual Governors Awards on November 16 at Hollywood & Highland Center.
"The Governor's Awards pay tribute to individuals who've made indelible contributions in their respective fields," said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. "We couldn't be more excited for this year's honorees and look forward to bringing their peers and colleagues together to celebrate their extraordinary achievements," he added in a press release.
Jolie, who won an Oscar for her supporting performance in "Girl, Interrupted," has been an impassioned advocate for humanitarian causes, traveling widely to promote organizations and social justice efforts such as the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative.
Staking out a career at the nexus of entertainment and philanthropy, Jolie has worked for a number of global advocacy groups including the Council on Foreign Relations and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She was appointed Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres in 2012 after 12 years of service. Her dedication to these causes has also shaped her work in films that tackle global humanitarian issues including "A Mighty Heart" and her feature film directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey."
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given "to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry."
Lansbury has received three Academy Award nominations for her supporting performances on her debut in "Gaslight," followed by "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Manchurian Candidate." She did voice work for the first animated feature to receive a Best Picture nomination, "Beauty and the Beast."
Martin, who got his start in television, is a versatile actor, writer, comedian and musician who began to display the breadth of his big-screen talent as the screenwriter and star of the 1977 Oscar-nominated short film "The Absent-Minded Waiter."
Tosi rose to prominence through his collaborations with Italian director Luchino Visconti on such films as "White Nights" and "Rocco and His Brothers," and continued to work with him on several other features, including the Costume Design nominees "The Leopard," "Death in Venice" and "Ludwig." Tosi received two more nominations for his designs for "La Cage aux Folles" and "La Traviata."
The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given "to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy."
by RTT Staff Writer
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