Angelina Jolie to get honorary Oscar for humanitarian work
Angelina Jolie is set to receive a special Oscar honoring her for her humanitarian work, while Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi, an Italian costume designer, will also be honored at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 5th Annual Governors Awards.
The event takes place on Nov. 16 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center -- home of the Oscars.
Jolie, who won an Oscar for her supporting role as a mental patient in the movie "Girl, Interrupted," will be honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which takes the form of an Oscar statuette. Past recipients include Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Taylor, Jerry Lewis, Paul Newman, Audrey Hepburn and Frank Sinatra.
Jolie, 38, is a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) goodwill ambassador who has for years traveled around the world visiting people in need. Earlier this year, she spoke ata G8 Foreign Ministers meeting about sexual violence against women and later traveled to Jordan to visit Syrian refugees.
Jolie also wrote and directed her own film, "In The Land of Blood and Honey," which focuses on the relationship between a Bosnian woman and Serbian man during the Bosnia war in the 1990s.
Landsburry, Martin and Tosi will receive Honorary Awards, also in the form of Oscar statuettes. They are is given "to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy."
Landsbury, 77, received Oscar nominations for her performances in "Gaslight," "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Manchurian Candidate." She is also known for her voice work in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks."
Martin, a 68-year-old veteran comedy actor known for his roles in movies such as "The Three Amigos!" and "Father of the Bride," hosted the Oscars three times, most recently in 2010, with Alec Baldwin.
Tosi, 86, has been nominated for Oscars for his costume designs for the films "The Leopard," "Death in Venice," "Ludwig," "La Cage aux Folles" and "La traviata."
The actual 2014 Oscars will be presented on March 2, 2014.