This past Saturday evening, Hollywood honored actress Angelina Jolie with a prestigious honorary Oscar - the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - during the fifth annual Governors Awards. Following in the footsteps of past recipients such as Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Lewis, Paul Newman, Bob Hope, Jolie was recognized for her human rights efforts; in particular refugees located in conflict areas around the world. At only 38, Jolie is the youngest-ever recipient of the award.

"I came into this business young and worried about my own experiences, my own pain," she said. "And it was only when I began to travel and look at life beyond my home that I understood my responsibility to others. And I’ve met survivors of war and famine, rape. I’ve learned what life is like for most people in this world. And how fortunate I was to have food to eat and a roof over my head, a safe place to live and the joy of having my family safe and healthy. And I have realized how sheltered I have been. And I was determined, never to be that way again."

Jolie, who thanked Brad Pitt for his "love and guidance" and called her children her "happiness," also shared some loving words about her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand.

"I will do as my mother asked and I will do the best I can with this life to be of use," she said. "And to stand here today means I did as she asked and if she were alive she'd be very proud, so thank you."

You can watch the entire heartwarming speech below.

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Angelina Jolie delivers heartwarming Governors Award speech
Actress, joined by Brad Pitt and son Maddox, received the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.