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James Earl Jones & Oprah Winfrey Will Receive Honorary Oscars

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 3, 2011 2:18 AM
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James Earl Jones and Oprah Winfrey have been named 2011 honorary Oscar recipients. They will receive their awards at the third annual Governors Awards dinner and ceremony in Hollywood on Saturday, November 12.

A little surprising that James Earl Jones never won an Oscar, and was only nominated once in his 50-years-long career. He was nominated in 1971 in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category for his performance in The Great White Hope (1970).

Oprah was also nominated once in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category for her performance in The Color Purple (1985).

She will be honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry, while Jones will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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  • dsinla | August 4, 2011 7:19 AMReply

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  • dsinla | August 4, 2011 7:12 AMReply

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  • AccidentalVisitor | August 3, 2011 9:55 AMReply

    Surprised he didn't win an Oscar? The man never had that many great roles offered to him. Odds are against even the best of white actors and actresses getting Oscars. Those odds get considerably worse when the thespians are black, particularly if their "prime" years took place before the year 2000.

  • Neziah | August 3, 2011 7:35 AMReply

    Jones is one of the most underrated actors ever, he's never given a bad performance and is always on top of his game.

  • Mecca | August 3, 2011 4:32 AMReply

    It's such a damn shame James Earl Jones didn't get an Oscar for the "Great White Hope" that was such a great film he really captured Jack Johnson in that film.

    I'm glad he is being recognized for his achievements these days. Lion King will always be one of my favs!!!

  • Tamara | August 3, 2011 2:43 AMReply

    Well congrats to them both. For James, recognition is long deserved. Glad he's getting the shine.

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