Oprah Winfrey was awarded an honorary Oscar for her charitable work on Saturday.
According to MSNBC, the talk show host and actress called receiving the award an unimaginable moment for a black woman who grew up poor in Mississippi and rose to the top of Hollywood stardom.
Winfrey was given a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by a young woman who was sent through high school on a financial grant she earned through Winfrey’s foundation. Winfrey, who was nominated for a supporting-actress Academy Award for 1985’s “The Color Purple,” teared up when accepting her honorary Oscar.
She said, “All of us can make a difference through the life we lead. We’re all here to help each other.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences annually bestows its Governors Awards on those who have made an impact on the industry. Other honorary Oscars this year went to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith.
Stars in attendance included John Travolta, Glenn Close and Alec Baldwin.
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