Angelina Jolie Receives Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award – 2013 Governors Awards – Video
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress and up-and-coming director. Yet it’s her humanitarian work that has arguably been her most recognizable pursuit over the past decade. In 2001, while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia, Jolie began her work with the United Nations Refugee Agency, inaugurating a decade of service that would culminate in the actress being named a special envoy for the Agency.
Now, Jolie is being honored for her work as an agent of humanitarianism with an honorary Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Jolie was on hand to accept the honor, and her speech is an emotional one. In explaining her determination to help refugees, Jolie states, “I don’t understand why I have this life and a woman across the world who has the same work ethic, same desires, and would make better films is stuck in a refugee camp.” The actress continues, “She has no voice. She worries about what her children would eat, how to keep them safe, and if they can return home. I don’t know why this is my life and that is hers. I don’t understand. But I will do my best to be in service to them.”
You can watch the full video below:
Angelina Jolie receives the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2013 Governors Awards in the Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA, Saturday, November 16.
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