Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Oprah Winfrey will be presented with an Oscar award for her humanitarianism this November at the annual Governors Awards. 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted last Tuesday  (8/2) and Oprah was one of the 3 candidates selected to receive the prestigious award. Academy film President Tom Sherak says “Winfrey is one of the most philanthropic performers in the world and thus deserving of the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.”

While most would agree with Sherak there are still a few haters that want to hate.
In an article published last Wednesday (8/3), Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein calls the Academy decision to present Winfrey with an Oscar award "a boneheaded move." Goldstein says, "Winfrey has done good work in the world, but that's not enough to merit an Oscar." 

Sherak placed emphasis on the fact that the Hersholt Award recognizes an individual who “exemplifies giving back to the community, the world, society in an extraordinary way.”

Sherak also noted that Oprah has given $500 million of her own money to charitable causes over the years; she is a member of the Academy; she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Sophia in the movie “The Color Purple” and she has produced movies. 

It never ceases to amaze me how people love to comment no matter how mis-informed their comments may be. I call these people the “you just wanna be seen” folks. Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times, three words bruh...hooked on phonics!

Congratulations Oprah!

Actor James Earl Jones will also receive an honorary Oscars at the private ceremony. The Governors Awards are not televised, but excerpts from the evening may be included in the Academy Awards telecast in February, 2012. Source 

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