Decades after his heyday in film, Jerry Lewis is famous for pretty much two things. HIs annual Labor Day telethon, which raises money to research muscular dystrophy, and being way better appreciated for his acting in France than he is here. So it seems weirdly appropriate that Lewis will finally receive an Oscar, but a humanitarian one that honors his charity work, not his acting

Variety quoted Academy president Sid Ganis, saying, "Jerry is a legendary comedian who has helped thousands upon thousands by raising funds and awareness for those suffering from muscular dystrophy." A legendary comedian who was never really honored for his work, awards-wise, but hey, let bygones by bygones. Lewis will take the stage at the Oscar ceremony in February, and you have to assume the standing ovation will feel good either way.

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