At Saturday (Nov. 12) evening’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards, both veteran actor James Earl Jones and talk-show maven (and sometimes actress) Oprah Winfrey are set to be honored.
Jones will receive an honorary Oscar for his 50-plus years in film, though he won’t be on hand to accept it in person since he’s currently in London working on the stage production of “Driving Miss Daisy.”
“I have been very content with my career and very happy, even though I am not primarily a film actor, and that makes it even more astonishing that I would get this award,” Jones tells The Washington Post.
“I’ve done some beauties,” says the actor who got his big screen break in “Dr. Strangelove” and is perhaps best-known as the voice of “Star Wars'” Darth Vader, “but I don’t think I’ve done that movie that can say I’ll leave as my legacy. I’m still waiting for that one.”
Winfrey, who made her film debut in 1985’s “The Color Purple,” is being honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award.