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Oprah Winfrey to receive honorary Oscar

Oprah Winfrey is set to receive an honorary Oscar at the third annual Governors Awards dinner later this year in recognition of her extensive charity work.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the talk show host, who received an honorary degree in June from the University of the Free State in South Africa, will be awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in recognition of her extensive charity work.

Oprah was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, in which she made her film debut in 1985. She now runs her own TV network after 25 years of presenting her self-titled US talk show, which came to an end in May.

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