The annual Academy Awards ceremonies have been postponed until April 25 due to the global pandemic, but the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not been idle.

The Academy is honouring actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry and the Motion Picture and Television Fund with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

The Academy is awarding Perry and the MPTF for their “widespread generosity” during the pandemic.  This marks the first time in The Academy’s 90 plus year history that the award has been given to an organization.

While the pandemic has made filming movies and television programs difficult at best, Perry helped to create a safe environment for productions at his Tyler Perry Studios.

The Motion Picture Television Fund has helped thousands of entertainers with their social services program.

Academy president David Rubin spoke on Perry winning the award saying, “Tyler’s cultural influence extends far beyond his work as a filmmaker.  He has quietly and steadily focused on humanitarian and social justice causes from the beginning of his career, caring for people who are most often ignored.”

Speaking on the MPTF, Rubin said, “the work of the MPTF is more vital than ever, and the organization has gone above and beyond to help our community.”

An award not presented every year, Perry and the MPTF joins past Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winners Bob Hope, Oprah Winfrey, and Geena Davis.

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The Academy is honouring actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry and the Motion Picture and Television Fund with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

The Academy is awarding Perry and the MPTF for their “widespread generosity” during the pandemic.  This marks the first time in The Academy’s 90 plus year history that the award has been given to an organization.

While the pandemic has made filming movies and television programs difficult at best, Perry helped to create a safe environment for productions at his Tyler Perry Studios.

The Motion Picture Television Fund has helped thousands of entertainers with their social services program.

Academy president David Rubin spoke on Perry winning the award saying, “Tyler’s cultural influence extends far beyond his work as a filmmaker.  He has quietly and steadily focused on humanitarian and social justice causes from the beginning of his career, caring for people who are most often ignored.”

Speaking on the MPTF, Rubin said, “the work of the MPTF is more vital than ever, and the organization has gone above and beyond to help our community.”

An award not presented every year, Perry and the MPTF joins past Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winners Bob Hope, Oprah Winfrey, and Geena Davis.