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Angelina Jolie Tears Up During Governors Ball Acceptance Speech

Posted Monday November 18, 2013 9:43 AM GMT

She’s no stranger to snagging trophies, but Angelina Jolie was overcome with emotion as she accepted the Humanitarian Award at the 5th Annual Governors Ball in Hollywood over the weekend.

Sporting a short-sleeve black Atelier Versace getup, the 38-year-old “Changeling” actress gave a heartfelt speech and mentioned her son Maddox Jolie-Pitt, who was in the audience.

Jolie began, "Mad, I’m not gonna cry. I promise, and I won't embarrass you. You and your brothers and your sisters are my happiness. And there is never a greater honor in this world than being your mom."

She went on, "I came into this business young and worried about my own experiences, my own pain. 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."

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