Angelina Jolie Awarded Honorary Oscar For Humanitarian Work

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  • Angelina Jolie has nabbed herself yet another Academy Award, this time for her extensive global advocacy work

    Angelina Jolie has nabbed herself yet another Academy Award, this time for her extensive global advocacy volunteer work.

    The actress, who took home the coveted Best Supporting Actress statue for her role in 1999’s Girl, Interrupted, is being honoured with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, given ‘to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.’

    Jolie is being given the accolade in recognition of her extensive global advocacy work, which has taken her from Sierra Leone to Afghanistan. The actress became Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2012.

    ‘The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who’ve made indelible contributions in their respective fields,’ said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

    ‘We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s honorees and look forward to bringing their peers and colleagues together to celebrate their extraordinary achievements.’

    Jolie was lauded by the Board of Governors for being an ‘impassioned advocate for humanitarian causes, travelling widely to promote organisations and social justice efforts such as the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative.’

    The Maleficent star and mum-of-six is one of four people receiving an honorary award at the 2014 Academy Awards along with Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi.

    The actress took to Twitter to express her gratitude, writing:

    ‘I’m so proud to win an honorary Oscar this year with @TheAcademy, So much love & joy to u all, thank you! Congrats Martin, Lansbury, & Tosi.’

    And congrats to Angelina!

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