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Oprah, Jones saluted at Governors Awards

Oprah Winfrey talks to the audience during the taping of “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” at the United Center in Chicago on May 17. 2011. The show, which featured several surprise celebrity guests, will air over two days, May 23 and 24. Oprah's final show will be a normal episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show taped at Harpo Studios and will air on May 25. UPI/David Banks
Oprah Winfrey talks to the audience during the taping of “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” at the United Center in Chicago on May 17. 2011. The show, which featured several surprise celebrity guests, will air over two days, May 23 and 24. Oprah's final show will be a normal episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" taped at Harpo Studios and will air on May 25. UPI/David Banks | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Oprah Winfrey and James Earl Jones were honored for their movie careers Saturday at the annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles.

The pre-Oscars event staged by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences saluted Jones for his overall body of work and presented Winfrey with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

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Also honored for his off-camera career was veteran makeup man Dick Smith, whose creations included the possessed girl in "The Exorcist" and who won an Oscar for "Amadeus."

The Governors Awards has been around three years and allows Oscar hopefuls and other Hollywood stars the opportunity to network with the Academy's governors in a non-televised setting in the weeks ahead of the Academy Awards, The Hollywood Reporter said.

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