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Academy Getting Backlash Over Oprah's Honorary Award!

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Sorry, Oprah, but the critics are NOT happy about this!

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors announced that they will honor Oprah Winfrey with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for "her extensive charitable, philanthropic, and educational efforts."

Here's what New York Film Critics Circle chair John Anderson had to say about it:

"She's in the motion picture industry? It seems like a shameless bid for a ratings boost — although once they start showing clips from Beloved and The Color Purple the numbers will plummet."

Here's more on Oprah's award from former Film Critics Circle chair Armond White:

"Does this newly announced Academy prize prove that Oprah means the same thing to Hollywood as past Jean Hersholt Award winners Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Lew Wasserman, Charlton Heston? Is this just another way for the academy to continue to grovel for TV ratings?"

Others who are unhappy with the Academy's decision believe that it's an attempt to get Oprah "to be philanthropic to the academy."

What do U think about all of this? Does Oprah deserve to be honored by the Academy?

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29 comments to “Academy Getting Backlash Over Oprah's Honorary Award!”

  1. 1

    I'm sure she gives a lot to charity, but it is all relative. I wonder what percentage of her earnings she donates? Warren Buffett challenged the very rich to donate a full half of their fortunes - has Oprah done that? Even if she did she would be ridiculously rich and it would not impact her lifestyle one bit.

  2. @v@ says – reply to this


    The decision to honor an individual with this award is based upon specific criterion and parameters that are documented. If she fits the criterion, she deserves the award.

  3. 3

    Definitely not, more so when you take into consideration past winners.
    Agreed that it is just an attempt to garner more ratings and, possibly, get Oprah "to be philanthropic to the academy."

  4. 4

    Isn't she that lady in the Pine-Sol commercials?

  5. 5

    This is ridiculous. She's primarly known for being a TV talk show host and has nothing in common with past winners. Hell, let's give the lifetime achivement award for acting. She was in the Color Purple, so she does have a screen credit. Is there a rule that states Oprah's ass must be kissed at all times?

  6. 6

    I'm not an Oprah fan, but the fact is, she is an actress, and she has been part of a few Oscar winning films (both in front of and behind the camera). So the naysayers can stuff it. It just sounds like jealousy to me.

  7. 7

    Hell yeah!!, She deverved every honor it comes her way, thank you very much!WOW The Color Purple showed us how great she is as an actress, she is polyfacetic , Hello!! is just a racial thing!

  8. 8

    Wrong wrong wrong. The Academy really stepped in it this time.

  9. 9

    Will this RACIST DYKE please take GAYle and ride into the sunset????????????

  10. 10

    She deserves every Award Possible. No One alive today can touch the power of awareness Oprah has tapped into. She is a beautiful Soul.

  11. 11

    Re: Nelson – I'll bet you are a Gaga fan too.

  12. 12

    If I had her kind of money I would be giving a lot to charity also. Not sure why they would award someone for giving money and doing charity work. They should be giving this award to someone that is making a difference on a grass roots level. Not someone that has all the resources in the world.

  13. luvu2 says – reply to this


    Re: Demode – agree. I def associate Oprah with the Oscars.

  14. 14

    Past winners of this award have an amazing body of work over many years. Yes, Oprah was in The Color Purple and Beloved and produced Precious but that's only 3 movies. No, I don't think she should get the award. If the Emmy people have a similar award then definitely it should go to O.

  15. 15

    Okra Panfry does not GIVE HER MONEY; she cons her TV viewers to send her THEIR MONEY, and then she donates that money to HER CAUSES, taking all the credit…..

  16. 16

    Well I have no Idea what the criteria is to get this award but she has donated more than a $100 Mil to day and is an Academy nominee and still is very involved in motion films even though it is not her day job! Either way, with or without this award, I think she will continue to do what she does so who cares!

  17. 17

    re: Pam's Breasts - you have a point there.

  18. 18

    "Okra Panfry does not GIVE HER MONEY; she cons her TV viewers to send her THEIR MONEY, and then she donates that money to HER CAUSES, taking all the credit….. "

    Now this is a flat out lie. Oprah gives a lot of her own money both publicly and privately. Is she deserving of this award? Don't know, don't care. But I hate our attitude towards those who are charitable. We say dumb ass comments like "It's not like what she gives impacts her lifestyle" or "she cons her viewers to do it". It's all bullshit. She flat out gives a lot of money. Good for her. Seriously, you are belittling someone who gives to others. Live in charity…

    Don't hate cause you don't donate!

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  20. 20

    The Jean Hersholt award is mean to to go to actors\industry people who use their celebrity for charity. Oprah is a talk show host. It's as relevant as MTV having a video awards show when it no longer promotes videos. Oh and it's an insult to those who were awarded it before.

  21. 21

    Re: LovelyCup – Hey, I'm not hating, and I think it is great that she gives, but when you consider that there are tons of low income people out there who still donate to charity and do volunteer work, it is hard to get excited about an award being given to someone who by percentage of income, gives a lot less. Great that she gives, but this award seems a bit over the top.

  22. 22

    Re: LovelyCup – Don't stress it. That pam's breast person makes up a lot of lies on here, including ones that talk about how "evil" 12-step programs are *rolls eyes*. So it's nothing personal towards towards this post because he/she always says crazy things.

  23. 23

    it is just stupid to say she deserves every award coming to her… she has not been in enough movies to get this award.

  24. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: theslickest – Well, I said IF she fits the criteria, then she deserves it, but IF she doesn't, you appear get a lot of miffed people who obviously think she might not.
    What they require for Who they fill the bill with for this award is all down on paper somewhere. Are they bending it?

  25. pj88 says – reply to this


    The award is not given to people who just STAR in movies. It's given to charitable "celebrity" figures in the industry who act, produce, write, promote and represent the motion picture academy. Oprah was invited to join the Academy many years ago and is an Oscar Nominee. I have no idea why people are being so critical of Oprah's recognition as she is clearly a great choice for this award… I might have chosen Angelina Jolie first, but I have nothing but respect for the choice of Oprah

  26. 26

    Another pointless honor for the biggest ego on the planet. Who cares? Everyone knows it will mean absolutely nothing and has porbably been sponsored by the Big O herself. And now she will know, that everybody else knows its Pointless and pathetic.

  27. 27

    Re: rosebud99
    when you look at the same old house that Buffet has lived in all these years and compare it to Oprah's multimillion dollar home$ in several locations, I'd say she hasn't stepped up to Buffet's challenge
    Buffet lives a realtively normal life style
    while Oprah allowed herself to get sucked into the Hollywood living large philosophy of life - which seems contrary to a lot of what she preaches about self awareness and God and giving to the world and the value of the individual
    Warren Buffet is a hero and an icon and a humanitarian in the best sense of the word
    Oprah is a star who does selective humanitarian things- like her school in Africa and sending a group of black men to a black college- which is great, don't get me wrong- but is selective
    when she gave away cars to the whole audience it made her look generous - but she didn't purchase them
    she approached the car company to have them give her the cars (as a massive advertisement for them) and she gets the credit for the give-away
    ditto her "favorite things" shows- for the advertising all the companies give her the merchandise to give away and she looks charitable doing it
    so although Oprah is generous in many ways I'm sure- she appears to be more generous than she actually is
    Buffet on the other hand does not trumpet his good works to the world

  28. 28

    She is known for her work on TV so why is she being honoured with a film award? Why not an Emmy or something?

  29. 29

    I love Oprah, but I don't think she deserves to be included with Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Lew Wasserman, Charlton Heston and any others from the past nominated winners. She hasn't done her time in the movies industry. I am sure she agrees that it was not right they selected her to receive an oscar.