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". 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.
|Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award|
|Awarded for||"outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes"|
|Presented by||Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (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.
|Indicates posthumous award|
|1957||Y. Frank Freeman||USA|
|1966||–||Edmond L. DePatie||USA|
|1975||–||Arthur B. Krim||USA|
|1976||–||Jules C. Stein||USA|
|1984||–||M. J. Frankovich||USA|
|1985||–||David L. Wolper||USA|
|1986||Charles "Buddy" Rogers||USA|
|1990||Howard W. Koch||USA|
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|Awards of Merit|
‡ Dates and years listed for each ceremony were the eligibility period of film release in Los Angeles County. For the first five ceremonies, the eligibility period was done on a seasonal basis, from August to July. For the 6th ceremony, held in 1934, the eligibility period lasted from August 1, 1932 to December 31, 1933. Since the 7th ceremony held in 1935, the period of eligibility became the full previous calendar year from January 1 to December 31.
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award