Tyler Perry to Be Honored with Humanitarian Award at Upcoming Oscars

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Tyler Perry will be honored in a big way at this year's Oscars.

The Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the governing body of the Academy Awards, announced on Thursday that Perry will be the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Perry is set to receive the award alongside the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) at this year's ceremony, taking place on April 25. It's the first time the Academy gives the award to two recipients, and marks the first time an organization is awarded.

"There has been such widespread generosity in our industry that limiting the Hersholt Humanitarian Award to one recipient, this year in particular, was impossible. So, we are breaking with tradition and giving two awards to honor that spirit," Academy president David Rubin said in a statement.

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"Tyler's cultural influence extends far beyond his work as a filmmaker," Rubin continued. "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. The work of the MPTF is more vital than ever, and the organization has gone above and beyond to help our community. The sheer number of individuals and families–from every corner of our industry's workforce–aided during the pandemic and over the last 100 years is nothing short of extraordinary."

Perry has made headlines for years for his charitable work in his native Georgia, especially during the COVID-19 health crisis and throughout the movement for racial justice.

The MPTF is entering its 100th year as an organization providing financial and emotional relief to industry members and their families, including case management, financial assistance for basic living expenses, palliative care, and senior and childcare services.

The 93rd Annual Academy Awards will take place on April 25.