Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
|Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award|
|Awarded for||"outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes"|
|Presented by||Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)|
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". Prior to 2009, this award was presented during the main Oscars ceremony. The award category was instituted in 1956 and first awarded at the 29th Academy Awards, in March 1957. Unlike the Academy Award of Merit, the nomination and voting for this award are restricted to members of the Board of Governors of AMPAS.
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. Winners of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award are presented with an Academy Award Oscar statuette. As of the 88th Academy Awards, there have been 38 awards presented, two of which were posthumous.
List of recipients
|Indicates posthumous award|
- Hepburn was alive when the Academy voted to bestow the award, but had died by the time of the awards ceremony.
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- "THE ACADEMY TO HONOR GEENA DAVIS, DAVID LYNCH, WES STUDI AND LINA WERTMÜLLER AT 2019 GOVERNORS AWARDS". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 3, 2019.