The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced its recipients of honorary awards, and the surprised (and surprised) recipients include two African-American actors and a makeup artist.
Oprah Winfrey will received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her charitable work. (Presumably, that does not include the masturbatory final week of her talk show.) Darth Vader himself, James Earl Jones, will receive an award for life achievement. Neither has won before; Winfrey was nominated for supporting actress for The Color Purple; Jones was nominated for actor for The Great White Hope. Winfrey has appeared in only three feature films; she has lent her voice to several others, and acted in and produced TV movies.
Makeup artist Dick Smith will also receive an award from the Governors. He’s best know for his work on The Godfather and Amadeus.