First Oscars of season to cap tumultuous week

November 12, 2011 - 1:30 PM
Oscars James Earl Jones

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2010 file photo, actor James Earl Jones sits for a photograph backstage at the Golden Theater in New York. Jones is about to receive an honorary Oscar for his nearly five decades in film, but the 80-year-old thespian says he shouldn't even be an actor. (AP Photo Stephen Chernin, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first Academy Awards of the season will be presented Saturday night, capping a tumultuous week that saw the abrupt departure and rapid replacement of the Oscar show producer and host.

James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith will receive honorary Oscars for their long film careers, and Oprah Winfrey will accept the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences third annual Governors Awards.

Presentation of the honorary Oscars follows this week's replacement of Oscar show producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy with Hollywood veterans Brian Grazer and Billy Crystal.

Winfrey's Hersholt award honors her philanthropic and humanitarian contributions, including her own namesake foundations, and Jones and Smith will receive honorary Oscars for their outstanding careers.

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