Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

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.[1]

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Awarded for"outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes"
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
First awarded1957
Last awarded2016


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 88th Academy Awards, there have been 38 awards presented, two of which were posthumous.[2]

List of recipients

dagger Indicates posthumous award
Year Image Recipient Nationality Ref.
1957 Y Frank Freeman in 1910 Y. Frank Freeman  USA
1958 Samuel Goldwyn - Jul 1919 EH Samuel Goldwyn  Poland
1960 Bob Hope, 1978 Bob Hope  USA
1961 Sol Lesser  USA
1962 George Seaton  USA
1963 Steve Broidy  USA
1966 Edmond L. DePatie  USA
1967 George Bagnall  USA
1968 Gregory Peck 1948 Gregory Peck  USA
1969 Martha Raye - still Martha Raye  USA
1970 GeorgeJesselStageDoorCanteen George Jessel  USA
1971 Frank Sinatra '57 Frank Sinatra  USA
1973 Rosalind Russell 1956 Rosalind Russell  USA
1974 Lew Wasserman  USA
1975 Arthur B. Krim  USA
1976 Jules C. Stein  USA
1978 Charlton Heston - 1953 Charlton Heston  USA
1979 Leo Jaffe  USA
1980 Robert Benjamin dagger  USA
1982 Kaye, Danny Danny Kaye  USA
1983 Walter Mirisch  USA
1984 M. J. Frankovich  USA
1985 David L. Wolper  USA
1986 Charles Buddy Rogers by Richee Charles "Buddy" Rogers  USA
1990 Howard W. Koch 1966 Howard W. Koch  USA
1993 Audrey Hepburn 1956 Audrey Hepburn[a] dagger  UK
1993 Taylor, Elizabeth posed Elizabeth Taylor  UK
1994 Paul Newman - 1963 Paul Newman  USA
1995 Quincy Jones May 2014 Quincy Jones  USA
2002 Arthur Hiller-1970 Arthur Hiller  Canada
2005 Roger Mayer  USA
2007 Sherry Lansing  USA
2009 Jerry Lewis 1973 Jerry Lewis  USA
2012 Oprah in 2014 Oprah Winfrey  USA [1]
2013 JeffreyKatzenbergHWOFDec2012 Jeffrey Katzenberg  USA [1]
2014 Angelina Jolie 2 June 2014 (cropped) Angelina Jolie  USA [3]
2015 Belafonte-cropped Harry Belafonte  USA [4]
2016 Debbie Reynolds 6 Allan Warren Debbie Reynolds  USA [5]

See also


  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.
  3. ^ Milliken, Mary (November 17, 2013). "Angelina Jolie receives humanitarian award from Academy". Reuters. 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. ^
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