Ten individuals from around the world were recognised for their goodwill efforts at the sixth annual CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute, which was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Oscar winner Sarandon presented the evening's coveted Hero of the Year plaque to Nepal's Pushpa Basnet, who has worked tirelessly to house and educate more than 140 children of incarcerated parents since 2005.
She was handed $50,000 (£31,250) in recognition of her work, while the Early Childhood Development Center - the organisation she founded when she was 21 - received a $250,000 (£156,000) grant.
Rapper 50 Cent and Hollywood stars Maria Bello, Jane Lynch, Adrien Brody, Viola Davis and Josh Duhamel also handed out awards to other inspiring honourees, while David Spade, Rico Rodriguez and Miranda Cosgrove honoured three charitable youngsters with Young Wonders trophies.
TV is great for two things: when you're sick, and when you need a break from your family. And since Thanksgiving is the holiday where both of those come into play, it's important you're aware how TV can be your ally over the next few days. Whether you eat a few too many soggy cranberries and find yourself bedridden with food poisoning, or if your family is becoming too much to handle and you need a break before you lose it and take a chainsaw to your mother's prized treadmill because she won't quit talking about how you could've been Bruce Springsteen if you would have just sucked it up and kept taking guitar lessons, take a look at the shows that will be available for your viewing pleasure, starting very early tomorrow. (Their times are E.S.T. Obviously.)
6AM (the 25th) – 3 AM (the 26th): Cake Boss (TLC). What better way to prepare to eat all day than getting up and watching some people in Hoboken make cakes at the crack of dawn?
9AM – 12PM: Thanksgiving Day Parade (CBS, NBC): Obviously a must, but terribly boring. If you’re around little children who want to watch it, count how many of their fantasies you could crush if you wanted to before it’s over.
9AM – 11AM: Kung Fu Panda (FX) This would be a nice compromise between the parade and ESPN.
9AM – 8PM: SportsCenter (ESPN) Ugh. Men.
10AM – 12PM, 3:30 – 8PM: Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E!) For every half hour your boyfriend makes you watch of SportsCenter, he has to watch six and a half hours of this.
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM: The Godfather (AMC)
12PM – 2 PM: National Dog Show (NBC) This is another must. Not only will a fatty lifestyle seem possible after watching someone else prepare the food you’re going to eat, but the dog show will sell you on service animals because then you REALLY won’t have to do anything for yourself.
12PM – 2 PM: Boston College vs. Texas A&M (ESPN2) You might as well go educate your grandmother on factory farming.
12:30 PM – 4 PM: New England Patriots vs. Detroit Lions (CBS)
1PM – 2 PM: Half Ton Teen (Discovery Health) This is what will happen if you keep hitting Thanksgivings this hard.
1PM – 3:30 PM: Little Miss Sunshine (E!) Steve Carell slits his wrists? Anyone?
2PM – 4PM: Miracle on 34th St (NBC) This movie is almost 100 years old.
3:30 PM – 8 PM: The Godfather, Part II (AMC) Great way to kill FIVE AND A HALF HOURS if you can’t smoke a joint without your father demanding his own.
8PM – 9PM: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC) Always good! Literally, always.
8PM – 9PM: Taylor Swift – Speak Now (NBC) Filmed in NYC and Los Angeles, T Swift's Thanksgiving Day special will show you how she went about making her most recent album, and what it was like to travel cross-country promoting it. (You can watch this OR A Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving. But not both. Both will turn you into Adam Sandler.)
8PM – 10 PM: CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute (CNN) Anderson Cooper hosts the fourth annual event where everyday people are acknowledged for their acts of kindness. You are, after all, going to need some inspiration if you’re going to make it upstairs into that twin bed your mother has you sleeping in.
9PM – 10 PM: NBC’s People of the Year (NBC) Matt Lauer profiles noteworthy people from the past year, like Chilean miner rescuer Brandon Fischer, Kim Kardashian and Justin Timberlake.
9:30 – 11PM: Beyoncé’s I Am…World Tour (ABC) Check out behind the scenes action from Beyoncé's world tour, including rehearsals and appearances by Kanye West and Jay-Z.
10PM – 11:30PM: Roast of David Hasselhoff (Comedy Central) Because you’re so drunk and you want a cheeseburger.
The CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute show was held at the city's Shrine Auditorium to pay homage to ordinary people who have shown heroism.
The group of miners, whose dramatic 24 hour rescue was televised across the world last month (Oct10), were the stars of the show as they walked the red carpet with their rescuers, and they were given a standing ovation as they were honoured by celebrities including Berry, Zellweger and Moore, as well as Kiefer Sutherland, Jessica Alba and Kid Rock.
Music at the event was provided by Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend and Sugarland.
Ten inspiring honourees from across the globe were celebrated for their goodwill efforts as they were brought on stage at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles to receive awards from a host of celebrities, including Greg Kinnear and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
In one of the night's most emotional moments, James Bond star Pierce Brosnan recalled his late wife Cassandra Harris, who died of ovarian cancer in 1991, while paying tribute to breast cancer survivor Andrea Ivory, who helps provide free screenings in Florida.
Eva Mendes awarded the Hero of the Year prize and a $100,000 (£62,500) grant to 21-year-old Efren Penaflorida, who founded a mobile pushcart program to distribute books to children in slums in his native Philippines.
Country sensation Carrie Underwood, R&B singer Maxwell and pop star Leona Lewis all performed at the event, which will air in the U.S. on Thanksgiving (26Nov09).