Winfrey to be honoured with humanitarian Oscar

The honour – an Oscar statuette – is bestowed on an individual in the movie industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to showbusiness.

James Earl Jones and make-up artist Dick Smith will also be handed Honorary Awards at the third annual Hollywood gala.

The Honorary Award 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.”