Lion King’s James Earl Jones to get honorary Oscar

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The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

Partly due to his work voic­ing Mustafa in the 1994 Dis­ney movie The Lion King, the Board of Gov­er­nors of the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences voted Tues­day night to present an Hon­orary Award to actor James Earl Jones.

The Jean Her­sholt Human­i­tar­ian Award will be given to phil­an­thropist Oprah Winfrey.

Both awards will be pre­sented at the Academy’s Third Annual Gov­er­nors Awards din­ner Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 12 at the Grand Ball­room at Hol­ly­wood & High­land Center.

Jones has voiced some of the most iconic char­ac­ters in motion pic­tures, includ­ing Darth Vader in the Star Wars tril­ogy and Mustafa in The Lion King,” AMPAS observed.

In other the­atri­cal ani­mated films, Jones voiced the Emperor of the Night in Pinoc­chio And The Emperor Of The Night (1987), the Voice Box at the Hard­ware Store in Robots (2005), and the Pro­fes­sor in Quan­tum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2009).

Born in Ark­abutla, Mis­sis­sippi, Jones made his film debut in 1964 in Stan­ley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Wor­ry­ing and Love the Bomb. In 1970, he earned an Acad­emy Award nom­i­na­tion for his role as boxer Jack Jef­fer­son in The Great White Hope. Jones has appeared in more than 50 fea­ture films, includ­ing Clau­dine, Conan the Bar­bar­ian, Field of Dreams, Com­ing to Amer­ica and, as Vice Admi­ral James Greer, in The Hunt for Red Octo­ber, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Dan­ger.

Actress, tele­vi­sion host and pro­ducer Win­frey voiced Gussy the Goose in Paramount’s Charlotte’s Web (2006), Judge Bum­ble­ton in Dream­Works Animation’s Bee Movie (2007), and Eudora in Disney’s The Princess And The Frog (2009).

Since receiv­ing her Oscar nom­i­na­tion for her debut film per­for­mance in The Color Pur­ple, Win­frey has gone on to estab­lish her­self as one of the most influ­en­tial fig­ures in enter­tain­ment and phil­an­thropy. She has been espe­cially ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing edu­ca­tional ini­tia­tives and rais­ing aware­ness of issues that affect women and chil­dren, both in the United States and around the globe. Her phil­an­thropic efforts have included Oprah’s Angel Net­work, the Oprah Win­frey Foun­da­tion, and the Oprah Win­frey Lead­er­ship Acad­emy for Girls, which opened in South Africa in 2007.

The Hon­orary Award, an Oscar stat­uette, is given to an indi­vid­ual for “extra­or­di­nary dis­tinc­tion in life­time achieve­ment, excep­tional con­tri­bu­tions to the state of motion pic­ture arts and sci­ences, or for out­stand­ing ser­vice to the Academy.”

The Jean Her­sholt Human­i­tar­ian Award, an Oscar stat­uette, is given to an indi­vid­ual in the motion pic­ture indus­try whose human­i­tar­ian efforts have brought credit to the industry.

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