In 2013 Governors Awards, Jolie received Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, a privileged acknowledgment given to those Hollywood people who have done considerable humanitarian efforts and brought respect and credibility to the Hollywood Industry.
Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Lewis, Audrey Hepburn and Paul Newman have also won this title in the past.
Jolie started off her speech by mentioning the hero of WWII, Louis Zamperini and former POW (Jolie is also doing a film on POW). Then she thanked her family including Brad Pitt and her mother.
She said about Brad Pitt, “My love. Your support and your guidance make everything I do possible.”
And as for her mother, she said, “She wasn’t really the best critic since she never had anything unkind to say, but she did give me love and confidence.”
Marcheline Bertrand, Jolie’s mother, died in the year 2007 losing her fight with the ovarian cancer.
Jolie also told audience about her mother’s teaching, “Above all, she was very clear that nothing would mean anything if I didn’t live a life of use to others. And I didn’t know what that meant for a long time. […] It was only when I began to travel and look and live beyond my home that I understand my responsibility to others.”