Oprah Winfrey and James Earl Jones Prepare to Thank the Academy

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Few images are more iconic than that little bald man, the Oscar statuette, and perhaps even fewer individuals can ever boast having one of these golden trophies of their own.

But three new Hollywood A-listers are about to join the lucky elite who can polish their Oscar as often as they like.

Just last night, the powers that be voted to present the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Oprah Winfrey, and Honorary Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith.

We're pretty sure you're familiar with Oprah, who, in addition to being a total over-achiever a television host, producer and one of the most influential philanthropists of the century, also managed to nab an Oscar nomination for her debut film performance in "The Color Purple." Her philanthropy efforts include Oprah's Angel Network, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

Jones, who possesses one of the most recognized voices on the planet, made his film debut in 1964 in Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." A mere six years later, he earned an Oscar nod for his role as boxer Jack Jefferson in "The Great White Hope." He has appeared in a whopping 50 feature films, including "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," "Field of Dreams" and "Coming to America."

Rounding out the trio is Smith, "the godfather of makeup," who all but invented his industry, beginning his career in 1945 as NBC's first ever makeup man before going on to win an Oscar for "Amadeus" and a nomination for "Dad."

The winners will receive their statuettes at the Academy's 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner in November.

Oh, to be a fly on that wall.