Oscar-nominated Actress Linda Blair, who introduced the Academy’s tribute to veteran makeup artist and Honorary Award winner Dick Smith, arrives at the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he’s co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage. Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Dick Smith’s makeup job transformed the young Linda Blair into the demon-possessed girl in William Friedkin’s The Exorcist. Among Blair’s other screen credits are Airport 1975, Roller Boogie, Hell Night, Chained Heat, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Red Heat, and Moving Target.