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Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is awarded periodically by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) at the Governors Awards ceremonies for an individual's outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes. The award category was instituted in 1956. Unlike the Academy Award of Merit, the nomination and voting for this award are restricted to members of the Board of Governors of AMPAS.[1]


The award is named after Danish American screen actor and humanitarian Jean Hersholt (1886–1956), who served as president of the Motion Picture Relief Fund for 18 years. He also served as president of AMPAS from 1945 to 1949.[2] Winners of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award are presented with an Academy Award Oscar statuette. As of the 87th Academy Awards, there have been 37 awards presented, two of which were posthumous.[2]

Award winners

† — posthumous awardee

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Honorary Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Academy Awards Database - AMPAS". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2014-12-03. 
  3. Hepburn was alive when the Academy voted to bestow the award, but had died by the time of the awards ceremony.
  4. Milliken, Mary (November 17, 2013). "Angelina Jolie receives humanitarian award from Academy". Reuters. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  5. "Harry Belafonte, Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki And Maureen O'Hara To Receive Academy's Governors Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. August 28, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014.