Angelina Jolie was honoured with the Oscars Humanitarian Prize at the 2013 Governors Awards in Hollywood this weekend and turned the event into a family affair bringing partner Brad Pitt and son Maddox with her.

Jolie is the 86th recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and was presented with it by George Lucas and in her speech, she took the opportunity to honour her late mother Marcheline Bertrand.

Without any speech notes, she made an amazing speech in which she quoted her mother's advice: "Nothing would mean anything if I didn't live a life of use to others."

She added: "Across the world, there's a woman just like me with the same abilities and the same desires, same work ethic and love for her family, who would most likely make better films and better speeches. Only she sits in a refugee camp, and she has no voice. 

"She worries about what her children will eat, how to keep them safe, and if they'll ever be allowed to return home. I don't know why this is my life, and that's hers. I don't understand that, but I will do as my mother asks." 

Jolie made no mention of her father, Jon Voight, we was present in the audience.

Mark Wahlberg praised the actress on the night: "She's wonderful, everything she's done for so many people all across the world, and continues to do, while having a career and having a large family."

Matthew McConaughey added: "If you can have in this career, which can be all consuming and you're also a parent, which can be all consuming but then to have a third thing in your life that is something that is on your proverbial desk on Monday morning that takes you around the globe to the capacity that she has that's very applausible [sic, applaudable]."