On November 8th, 2014, the 6th Annual Governors Awards were held, at the Highland Center in Los Angeles. The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences holds the ceremony each year to honor those who have given extraordinary service to the Academy in one form or another.
Per Wikipedia: The Governors Awards are one of five award ceremonies hosted by AMPAS, along with the Academy Scientific and Technical Awards, Academy Student Academy Awards and the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and the main Oscars. The Academy Honorary Award, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award are presented at the ceremony. The Governors Awards are held the November or December before the main Academy Awards ceremony, usually held in February or March the following year. The Awards are not voted upon but, rather, are presented at the discretion of the Academy. The Academy Honorary Awards and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards are both Oscar statuettes, while the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award is a small bust of Thalberg on a plinth. The Academy Honorary Award is given for “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy”. The Thalberg Award is given to “a creative producer whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production”
This year, there were four recipients of an Honorary Award. They were:
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award