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When Angelina Jolie accepted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2013 Governors Awards—which was held on Nov. 16—it was easy to see why the actress would receive this huge honor from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
When accepting the award, the 38-year-old thanked her “love” Brad Pitt, her children and her mother in a powerful speech that not only brought Angelina to tears, but also moved the audience.
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“My love,” she said addressing her partner. “Your support and guidance make everything I do possible.”
She then turned the attention to her son, Maddox, who was in the audience with dad Brad; the 12 year old was almost recognizable as he looked like a little adult in his tuxedo.
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“Mad, I’m not going to cry I promise—I’m not going to embarrass you,” she said. “You and your brothers and sisters are my happiness. There is no greater honor than being your mother.”
Angelina then shifted gears and spoke of her own mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who she said “never had anything unkind to say.”
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“She did give me love and confidence,” Angelina said. “Above all, she was ver clear that nothing would mean anything if I didn’t live a life of us to others.”
Watch Angelina’s touching speech in its entirety below: