She may not have taken home an Oscar for playing Sophia, but turns out Oprah will be getting the next best thing.
According to The Associated Press, Ms. Winfrey will be receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, in recognition of her contributions to education and charitable causes. Over the years Oprah has supported several philanthropic causes including her Academy for Girls in South Africa. Though the school has gone through it’s share of troubles, Oprah has remained committed to educational causes through her namesake foundation.
Oprah has come close to an Oscar before in 1985, when she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal of Miss Sophia in the film adaptation of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor Oprah with her statuette in Novemeber at the Governors Awards. She will be receiving her golden man alongside actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith.
Though he has appeared in over 50 films, Jones has never won an Oscar. He was nominated once for “The Great White Hope” in 1971.