Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

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Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Awarded for"outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes"
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
First awarded1957

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 and in 2021, 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 awards are restricted with the nomination and voting limited to industry professionals for this that are 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 92nd Academy Awards, there have been 39 awards presented, two of which were posthumous.[2]

List of recipients[edit]

dagger Indicates posthumous award
Year Image Recipient Nationality Ref.
1956 Y. Frank Freeman circa 1910 Y. Frank Freeman  USA
1957 Samuel Goldwyn in 1919 Samuel Goldwyn  Poland
1959 Bob Hope in 1978 Bob Hope  UK
1960 Sol Lesser  USA
1961 George Seaton  USA
1962 Steve Broidy  USA
1965 Edmond L. DePatie  USA
1966 George Bagnall  USA
1967 Gregory Peck in 1948 Gregory Peck  USA
1968 Martha Raye in the 1940s Martha Raye  USA
1969 George Jessel in the film Stage Door Canteen (1943) George Jessel  USA
1970 Frank Sinatra in Pal Joey (1957) Frank Sinatra  USA
1972 Rosalind Russell in 1956 Rosalind Russell  USA
1973 Lew Wasserman  USA
1974 Arthur B. Krim in 1962 Arthur B. Krim  USA
1975 Jules C. Stein  USA
1977 Charlton Heston in The President's Lady (1953) Charlton Heston  USA
1978 Leo-Jaffe-1963.jpg Leo Jaffe  USA
1979 Robert Benjamin dagger  USA
1981 Danny Kaye undated Danny Kaye  USA
1982 Walter Mirisch  USA
1983 M. J. Frankovich.jpg Mitchell John Frankovich  USA
1984 David L. Wolper  USA
1985 Charles "Buddy" Rodgers in 1929 Charles "Buddy" Rogers  USA
1989 Howard W. Koch in 1966 Howard W. Koch  USA
1992 Audrey Hepburn in 1956 Audrey Hepburn[a] dagger  UK
Elizabeth Taylor in 1956 Elizabeth Taylor  UK
1993 Paul Newman in 1963 Paul Newman  USA
1994 Quincy Jones in 2014 Quincy Jones  USA
2001 Arthur Hiller in 1970 Arthur Hiller  Canada
2004 Roger Mayer  USA
2006 Sherry Lansing in 2002 Sherry Lansing  USA
2008 Jerry Lewis in 1973 Jerry Lewis  USA
2011 Oprah Winfrey in 2014 Oprah Winfrey  USA [1]
2012 Jeffrey Katzenberg in 2014 Jeffrey Katzenberg  USA [1]
2013 Angelina Jolie in 2014 Angelina Jolie  USA [3]
2014 Harry Belafonte in 2011 Harry Belafonte  USA [4]
2015 Debbie Reynolds in 1998 Debbie Reynolds  USA [5]
2019 Geena Davis in 2019 Geena Davis  USA [6]
2020 Tyler Perry in 2016 Tyler Perry  USA [7]
Motion Picture & Television Fund  USA
2021 Danny Glover in 2014. Danny Glover  USA [8]
2022 Michael J. Fox in 2020. Michael J. Fox  Canada

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hepburn was alive when the Academy voted to bestow the award, but had died by the time of the awards ceremony.


  1. ^ a b c "Honorary Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
  2. ^ a b "Academy Awards Database – AMPAS". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2014-12-03.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Milliken, Mary (November 17, 2013). "Angelina Jolie receives humanitarian award from Academy". Reuters. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Governors Awards: Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds & Gena Rowlands Get 2015 Honors". 27 August 2015.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Tyler Perry, MPTF To Receive Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards At The 93rd Oscar Show April 25". Deadline Hollywood. January 14, 2021. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  8. ^ "Oscars: Academy To Honor Danny Glover, Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May & Liv Ullmann At 2022 Governors Awards". Deadline Hollywood. 24 June 2021. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  9. ^ Feinberg, Scott (2022-06-21). "Academy's Governors Awards: Michael J. Fox Tapped for Hersholt Award, Diane Warren, Peter Weir and Euzhan Palcy Set for Honorary Oscars". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2022-06-21.