The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Jerry Lewis will be the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Academy president Sid Ganis had this to say:
“Jerry is a legendary comedian who has not only brought laughter to millions around the world but has also helped thousands upon thousands by raising funds and awareness for those suffering from muscular dystrophy.”
As I’ve proven here again and again, I’m a big fan of the Jer. Oscar night — that’s Feb. 22, 2009 — can’t come soon enough!