Oprah Winfrey is set to receive an honorary Oscar, and it’s about time. She will be honored along with actor James Earl Jones and make up artist Dick Smith at the pre-Oscar ceremony. Jones and Smith will receive Honorary Awards, while Winfrey will be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
The award is to be given for her philanthropic efforts.
“Oprah has given and given and given,” Tom Sherak, the President of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said. “She’s a member of the Academy, she was nominated for an Academy Award and she has produced movies. This is not about personality. This is about a person who has come from the depths, risen to the heights and given back.”
Some people, like “LA Times” columnist Patrick Goldstein, say Oprah isn’t worthy of an Oscar. He says, “Winfrey has done good work in the world, but that’s not enough to merit an Oscar.” Worthy or not, you can’t deny she’s been a successful T.V. host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She’s also the CEO of her own network, OWN.
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