Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith received honorary Oscars over the weekend.
The media queen was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her charity work across the world, the Associated Press reports.
Oprah, who hasn’t physically appeared on the big screen for over 10 years, said, “I’d like to do more films, but to receive [this award] means more to me than any film, any acclaim, even an Oscar, because what it says is you all get it.”
“It” being “that all of us can make a difference through the life that we live,” Oprah explained. The 57-year-old mogul’s “The Color Purple” performance earned her a best supporting actress Oscar nod.
Jones accepted his Oscar by video from London, where he is currently starring with Vanessa Redgrave in “Driving Miss Daisy.” Redgrave was also honored over the weekend, receiving the Academy’s first tribute to a European actor, the AP reports.
Smith, an 89-year-old makeup artist whose credits include “The Exorcist,” “The Godfather” and “Amadeus,” called the honor an “an incredible joy.”
There was no sign of the distress the Academy faced last week week over the departure of Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy from the upcoming awards ceremony. They were quickly replaced by Brian Grazer and Billy Crystal, respectively.
Academy governor Marvin Levy told the L.A. Times, “I'm very happy with the outcome, and I think the majority of the academy is too. I'm also happy with how they handled it. We have a problem. Let's fix it. Done. Moving on.”
Read more about the event from the Associated Press.