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(CNN) - Actress Sandra Bullock is getting a big honor at Wednesday night's People Choice Awards. She's been named "Favorite Humanitarian."

This is the first time this award is being given.

Bullock will be presented with a custom-made Waterford crystal trophy for her philanthropic efforts, especially her commitment to a school in New Orleans.

Those students were heavily impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

The People's Choice Awards is the only major awards show where the winners are chosen by the public at large.

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