Angeline Jolie will be honoured with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her extraordinary charity work over the years.

The award is given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences every year as part of their honorary special category accolades which also include the Academy Honorary Award and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.

Changeling star Angelina is without doubt the most deserving movie star of the award this year with her philanthropic exploits far exceeding just donating large sums of money. This year, she travelled to DR Congo with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague to campaign against sexual violence towards women as a weapon of war in the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

Though not purposefully, she has also become somewhat of a heroine this year after undergoing a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer, which originally stood at 87% due to her BRCA1 gene.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy president who is presenting the award, explained that the special Oscars recognise 'extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy'. She will also be honouring film, TV and Broadway star Angela Lansbury as well as comedian, actor and musician Steve Martin.

Angelina Jolie at World War Z premiere
Angelina Jolie is well deserving of her award 

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at World War Z premiere
Brad Pitt holds her close at the World War Z premiere