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Academy President Takes On The Haters, Defends Oprah's Honorary Award

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Better watch out, critics! The President of the United States of America the Academy has got Oprah's back!

To recap, two days ago, 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."

Then yesterday, critics lashed out at the Academy for their decision to honor Oprah with the award.

Now, Academy Prez Tom Sherak has come to Ms. Winfrey's defense:

"Oprah has given and given and given. 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. That's a perfect example of why this award was created."

"We have a lot of people who are TV people who have made movies. It doesn't matter that they do other things…she is definitely one of us. What really counts is her contribution to humanity."

"[The award] exemplifies giving back to the community, the world, society in an extraordinary way."

The Prez definitely makes some valid points here! What do U have to say about that, haters???

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9 comments to “Academy President Takes On The Haters, Defends Oprah's Honorary Award”

  1. 1

    I think people should be more outraged that Brett Ratner will be co-producing the Oscars…

  2. @v@ says – reply to this


    Oprah's done a massive amount of charitable work. People are just plain bitchy these days at the prospect of someone who already has so much getting yet something more that they're forgetting that she probably more than earned it. If she fits the award parameters, good on her for snagging the honor. She's been amazing.

  3. 3

    Oprah and Obama picking up meaningless awards.
    Who gives a rats ass, other than Madame Valerie Jarrett.
    Partying it up while the world is in chaos.
    Our treasury is gone.
    Watch your back.
    Madame DeFarge

  4. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: luvs2tango – Awards have always been like that mostly. Usually it's a profession congratulating itself. It's a nice tradition, though, and it gives reason to bring a group together. Otherwise, most groups would never meet each other.

  5. 5

    When is this HUGE RACIST DYKE going to take GAYle into the sunset and disappear????

  6. 6

    Just because someone disagrees they're a hater. Once again you show how fucked in the head your are. Hater. You're such an assclown.

  7. 7

    This skank should just go away, enough already

  8. 8

    Re: Edgenet – Oprah is a skank? I don't remember reading about that.

  9. 9

    Gee Piggy, do you ever dream of getting on that stage and accepting an Oscar?