Oscar-nominated Actress Linda Blair, who introduced the Academy’s tribute to veteran make-up 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 make-up 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.