James Earl Jones, Oprah to Get Oscars

Winfrey receiving statuette for humanitarian work
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2011 5:53 AM CDT
In this March 2010 photo, James Earl Jones arrives outside the Haymarket Hotel in central London for the 34th Laurence Olivier Awards Nominees lunch.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, file)
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(Newser) – Awards season is a long way off, but three Oscar winners have already been announced. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to give statuettes to Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, and makeup artist Dick Smith, reports E! Online. Winfrey will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic work, while Jones and Smith will receive honorary awards for their outstanding careers.

The trio will receive their Oscars at the 3rd Annual Governors Awards in November. Of the three, only Smith has won an Oscar before, for the make-up in 1984's Amadeus. Jones—who has appeared in more than 50 films and is probably best known as the voice of Darth Vader—was nominated for Best Actor for his role in 1971's The Great White Hope. Winfrey earned a Best Supporting Actress nod in 1985 for The Color Purple.

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