Angelina Jolie has had a year that most of us couldn’t even conceive, from undergoing a double mastectomy, to starting work on her next directorial effort with “Unbroken” (now shooting in Australia), that seems like more than humanly possible for one person to take on. But on Saturday night at the Governors Awards, the actress/writer/director had yet another reason to mark 2013 as one she’ll never forget.
Jolie was awarded with an honorary Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, given to those for their outstanding efforts in humanitarian causes. And she took the podium to deliver an emotional acceptance speech, fighting back tears and honoring everyone in her life, including her late mother. But mostly, she was humbled to be able to pursue her passions. “I have never understood why some people are lucky enough to be born with the chance that I had, to have this path in life and why across the world, there is a woman just like me, with the same abilities and the same desires and the same work ethic and love for her family. . . only she sits in a refugee camp,” she said. “I don’t know why this is my life and that’s hers. I don’t understand that but I will do as my mother asked, and I will do the best I can with this life, to be of use.” Watch her speech in full below. [Vanity Fair]