The Oscars are a mere couple of days away, but it was back in September that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Angelina Jolie would receive the honorary Jean Hershold Humanitarian Prize for her philanthropic work, whilst Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi would also receive awards.
‘We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s honourees and look forward to bring their peers and colleagues together to celebrate their extraordinary achievements’, says Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
Angelina Jolie was present at the Oscar rehearsals on Thursday. She met the wide-eyed workers who were present on the day, and asked them to call her ‘Angie’. Though she formally received the award in November, she will speak in front of the star-studded audience and the television viewing audience that will total into the millions on Sunday about the Jean Hershold Humanitarian Prize.
She ran through her lines at the rehearsal, but stayed afterwards to chat to show producers and the college students working as trophy carriers for the 2014 awards show. After the rehearsal she told them ‘You’ll help make the night a fun night, you were great out there’.
Jolie showed her seasoned awards ceremony experience when she donned the same silver shoes for the rehearsal that she will wear to step onto the red carpet on Sunday. They might have looked a tad out of place with the cut-off trousers and sweater she sported at the rehearsal. ‘After you’ve done this a few times, you learn to wear the shoes you’re going to present in’, she said, and proceeded to exclaim excitedly ‘I didn’t fall!’ when she made it off the stage after rehearsing her presentation.
Jolie is due to present an award on stage during the awards ceremony, and one envied rehearsal actor got to play the winner during rehearsals. As he loped onto the stage to collect the mock award she smiled widely and gave him a big hug. His reaction? He said ‘For this rehearsal only, I am one lucky bastard’. We know millions of men the world over who’d agree with him.
Watch the trailer for the Oscars 2014 here starring Ellen Degeneres.