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Oprah, James Earl Jones to receive Oscars

August 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Oprah Winfrey and James Earl Jones will be among a trio of artists receiving honorary Oscar Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Winfrey will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to honor her various charitable causes.

The 57-year-old media mogul, who was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for 1985's "The Color Purple," supports various charitable and educational causes, including her own namesake foundations and Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Jones and make-up artist Dick Smith will also receive honorary Oscars for their careers. The academy's Board of Governors voted Tuesday to recognize the entertainment industry veterans.

Jones, 80, has appeared in more than 50 films including providing the voice of Darth Vader.

Smith, Jones and Winfrey will receive their statuettes on Nov. 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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