Angelina Jolie will be getting an Oscar this year - but not for her acting!
The 38-year-old actress and mom of six is one of four stars who will be given a special Oscar, called the Governor's Award, in recognition of their humanitarian work. Angelina is a United Nations special envoy and has spoken out against human rights abuses. She also has her own foundation, the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, named after her oldest son, whom she adopted from Cambodia.
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"The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who've made indelible contributions in their respective fields," the Academy's president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, said in a statement.
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.— Angelina Jolie (@AJolieV) September 5, 2013
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.
The new Oscar can go on Angelina's mantel next to her other awards. She also has an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the flick Girl, Interrupted. The other award recipients are actress Angela Lansbury, comedian Steve Martin, and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi.
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Angelina has said that she got involved in humanitarian work after making the movie Beyond Borders, where she played an activist.
The Governor's Awards will be given out during a special Academy celebration in November.
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