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". Prior to 2009, 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 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


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 recipientsEdit

  Indicates posthumous award
Year Image Recipient Nationality Ref.
1957   Y. Frank Freeman   USA
1958   Samuel Goldwyn   Poland
1960   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   USA
1969   Martha Raye   USA
1970   George Jessel   USA
1971   Frank Sinatra   USA
1973   Rosalind Russell   USA
1974 Lew Wasserman   USA
1975 Arthur B. Krim   USA
1976 Jules C. Stein   USA
1978   Charlton Heston   USA
1979 Leo Jaffe   USA
1980 Robert Benjamin     USA
1982   Danny Kaye   USA
1983 Walter Mirisch   USA
1984 M. J. Frankovich   USA
1985 David L. Wolper   USA
1986   Charles "Buddy" Rogers   USA
1990   Howard W. Koch   USA
1993   Audrey Hepburn[a]     UK
1993   Elizabeth Taylor   UK
1994   Paul Newman   USA
1995   Quincy Jones   USA
2002   Arthur Hiller   Canada
2005 Roger Mayer   USA
2007 Sherry Lansing   USA
2009   Jerry Lewis   USA
2012   Oprah Winfrey   USA [1]
2013   Jeffrey Katzenberg   USA [1]
2014   Angelina Jolie   USA [3]
2015   Harry Belafonte   USA [4]
2016   Debbie Reynolds   USA [5]
2020   Geena Davis   USA [6]

See alsoEdit


  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. 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.
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  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.