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Teary-Eyed Oprah Accepts Humanitarian Award

Oprah Winfrey was honored at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards ceremony on Saturday alongside actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith.

An emotional Winfrey, 57, was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and said to the crowd, "It's unimaginable I would be standing before you, voted by the Board of Governors. When I say thank you, it comes from a deeper place than I know, 'cause it's not from me, it's from everyone who made me possible."

Maria Shriver, Oprah's longtime supporter and friend, took to the stage and said, "Oprah talks a lot about what she knows for sure... and what I know for sure is I love you for real, so does everybody in this room and millions you will never know."

Guests at the black-tie event held at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, spoke of producer Brett Ratner's exit from next year's Academy Awards, and Billy Crystal's return to the stage. Glenn Close said, "I'm a huge fan and he's truly a witty man, so I think it will be great."

For a complete list of Governors Awards honorees, click here.