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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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