Jolie Gets Honorary Oscar for Humanitarian Work

Angelina Jolie kicked off the movie award season as she accepted an honorary Oscar for her humanitarian work at the Governors Awards ceremony in Hollywood. Veteran actress Angela Lansbury, comedian Steve Martin, and Italian costume designer Pietro Tosi also received awards at the annual ceremony held by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
The 600-person guest list at the private gala dinner read like a Who’s Who of top Hollywood celebrities: Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Amy Adams, Emma Thompson, Mark Wahlberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Diane Keaton, Matthew McConaughey, Claudia Cardinale, Kathryn Bigelow, Jennifer Garner and George Lucas were among those invited.
Jolie was tearful as she received the award and spoke of her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who died of cancer in 2007 at the age of 56. Since 2012 Jolie has travelled on more than 40 missions around the world as a special envoy for the United Nations Refugee Agency. The 38-year-old actress, who is also a director and producer, received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award a statuette identical to a “classic” Oscar from Lucas, the man behind the “Star Wars” films.