The third annual Governors Awards took place this past weekend, with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences giving out awards to James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey, and make-up artist Dick Smith.
The Hollywood Reporter posted a recap of the event, which had Mary J. Blige singing Lion King’s “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” in honor of James Earl Jones, and the Academy president Tom Sherak taking the podium dressed as Darth Vader. Jones, unfortunately, wasn’t able to be at the ceremony to accept his award in person, as he’s in London performing in a stage production of Driving Miss Daisy, opposite Vanessa Redgrave. He did accept is award remotely, stating:
“I am deeply honored, mighty grateful and” – showing off a word he had learned in the U.K. – “just plain gobsmacked.”
While Oprah is typically known for giving, she was among the recipients of an award at the event, taking home the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her good deeds. Winfrey was there to accept her award, offering up some inspiring words in the process, “Your life matters. You matter. What you do matters.” There to support her were John Travolta, Maria Shriver, and producer Larry Gordon.
While it was Winfrey’s generosity that was being celebrated at the event, her contributions to film, including her performances in The Color Purple and Beloved were acknowledged in a taped piece that played at the ceremony.
Finally, make-up artist Dick Smith, whose work includes The Godfather, The Exorcist, Taxi Driver and Scanners, also received an award. Linda Blair was fittingly on hand to introduce the segment devoted to Smith’s award. J.J. Abrams and Rick Baker were also there to speak about Smith and his contribution to the industry.