Smash's Anjelica Huston Named PETA's 2012 Person of the Year

Exclusive! Find out why the Oscar winner is being honored by the animal rights group

By Marc Malkin Dec 28, 2012 6:38 PMTags
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Anjelica Huston has a new award to place next to her Oscar and Golden Globe.

I can exclusively reveal that the Smash star is PETA's 2012 Person of the Year.

"Anjelica Huston is a true friend to all animals and the perfect choice for PETA's Person of the Year 2012," PETA rep Wendy Wegner tells us. "She has spoken out for great apes who are violently forced to perform on screen and for animals who are abused in the cruel horse-drawn carriage and fur industries. And this past year, a PETA video that she narrated helped convince all top 10 U.S. ad agencies to ban great apes from their ads."

Past recipients include Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Gunn, Pamela Anderson and Russell Simmons.

PETA has also named Los Angeles as 2012's City of the Year. The animal rights group praised the City Council for banning the sale of animals from breeders and puppy mills in pet stores, endorsing the Meatless Mondays campaign and its upcoming vote on a measure that, if passed, would ban circuses from the city.