James Earl Jones awarded honorary Oscar in London

80-year old receives award live onstage in the UK capital

Actor James Earl Jones has been awarded an honorary Oscar for his services to acting.

Jones, who is 80 years old and is currently starring on the London stage in Driving Miss Daisy, was presented by with award onstage by fellow actor Sir Ben Kingsley, reports BBC News

The actor has starred in films such as Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October during his career, but remains best known for his role as the voice of Darth Vader in the Stars Wars movie series.

Jones had been offered the chance to receive his Oscar in person, but had opted not to travel to Los Angeles as he did not want to interrupt his run in the London play. Instead, he accepted it via video link.

The award was given out as part of the third annual Governors Awards, which also saw chat show legend Oprah Winfrey and make-up artist Dick Smith receive honorary awards.