Oscars For Oprah Winfrey And James Earl Jones, Voice Of Star Wars' Darth Vader

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Oprah Winfrey and James Earl Jones will both receive Oscars later this year | PA

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Oprah Winfrey will be honoured with an Oscar later this year.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the chat show queen, along with James Earl Jones - the voice of Star Wars' Darth Vader - and make-up artist Dick Smith, will be honoured with Oscar statuettes at the Governors Awards in November.

Oprah will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which honours philanthropic and humanitarian contributions.

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 Smith will receive honorary Oscars for their outstanding careers.

Jones has appeared in more than 50 films. The 80-year-old actor was nominated for an Academy Award in 1971 for The Great White Hope.

His other credits include Field Of Dreams, Patriot Games and The Hunt For Red October.

Smith was NBC's first make-up man when he started his career in 1945. He won an Oscar in 1984 for his work on Amadeus and was nominated again in 1989 for Dad.

Known as the "godfather of make-up", he also worked on The Godfather, The Exorcist and Taxi Driver. He also helped train many of today's top movie make-up artists.

The trio will receive their statuettes on November 12 at the third annual Governors Awards dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Centre, just above the Kodak Theatre, where the Academy Awards are presented.

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