Oprah nabs honorary Oscar
August 3rd, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Oprah nabs honorary Oscar

After receiving an Academy Award nomination for her performance in 1985's "The Color Purple," Oprah Winfrey has finally nabbed an Oscar...but not for acting.

The 57-year-old OWN CEO has been awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy, an honorary Oscar that recognizes the media mogul for her philanthropic efforts. It's "given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry," the Academy's Board of Governors says in a statement.

Winfrey has established herself "as one of the most influential figures in entertainment and philanthropy," the Academy goes on. "She has been especially dedicated to supporting educational initiatives and raising awareness of issues that affect women and children, both in the United States and around the globe. Her philanthropic efforts have included Oprah’s Angel Network, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, which opened in South Africa in 2007."

Joining Winfrey as honorees are prolific actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith. All three honorary Oscar winners will receive their awards at the 3rd annual Governors Awards dinner on November 12.

Filed under: Celebrities • movies

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  1. Mike F

    I have watched the Academy Awards since I was like 7, more and more they become less relevant. I used to really have respect for the award and the Academy, but not in the last many years. Poor hosting choices, the predictabilty of who is going to win, the lack of "real stars" even showing up anymore, and now BS like this. Oprah has about ZERO to do with the Oscars and movies, she has been in two. As for her being a philanthropist, PLEASE, she has not given all that much money away, if you look or the Forbes list, her ranking is actually quite low considering she is a BILLIONAIRE and lives the life of luxury, beside her name on the list, there is an asterisk beside her amount given to charity. It's there to denote that the money given is not solely given from her, but, from the ANGEL NETWORK. Where did the Angel Network get its money? From the fans of of her TV show, NOT OPRAH, for the most part. There are so many other deserving MOVIE people who in line ahead of her. I am so done watching the Oscar's if this happens!

    August 6, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. dsinla

    Join the facebook page:

    Doris Day to be (finally) Honored by the Oscars?


    August 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. charlie crack

    Oprah is a greedy slob.....hey @prezpeace,@mad....hpoe alls well

    August 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jules

    I'm no Oprah hater OR fan but I do recognize she has done much for various segments of our world population and the world of television. Now how that equates to an honorary Oscar, which honors achievement in the area of filmamking, I have NO idea. Yes-she was great in The Color Purple but giving her an honorary Oscar is ridiculous. If this were somehow related to TV, even publishing, it might make sense. I'm guessing the Oscar folks know their viewership has dropped (and rightfully so) and figure making sure that Oprah is part of the actual telecast in someway (rather than just headshots from the audience before commercial breaks) might increase ratings. That's all this is.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ytram

    whats next a basketball mvp trophy

    August 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. garyd

    New Volkswagon Beeetles for all will create World Peace! All bow to the Oprah Mighty!!! Haters included.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    Oprah's done this, that and the other thing. Love her, hate her, don't give a darn. How is that related to an ACADEMY AWARD again? Is she EGOT'ing?

    August 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tracie

    Well, I don't know about all that but Opuh and Gayll can pop a squat on my face any day of the week. Doo doo mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    August 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sarah S

    @junkpile i'm impressed with your south park refrence. haha

    August 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. peggy

    Jealously is a green-eyed monster. Congrats, Oprah, you deserve it!

    August 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ben

    She deserves it, infact it is long overdue. Congragulations Oprah

    August 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Canuk-eh


    August 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Oprah Worshipper

    I pledge allegiance to the Oprah of the United States of Oprah, and to the Oprah for which it stands, one Oprah under Oprah, indivisible, with Oprah, and Oprah for Oprah.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. clizzy

    She will get everything she deserves when Christ returns!

    August 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kathy

    Oprah deserves everythibng that she has put out into the Universe.
    Congrats and step into YOUR light Oprah!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. cheryl

    Wow! I never knew there were so many jealous, racist, bigoted, and uneducated people out there willing to show their ignorance to the world. Oprah has opened her heart and pocket book in an effort to make the world a better place. Most of the responders here however have only opened their big mouths attempting to slander a leader and humanitarian who only helps people. And by the way, Oprah Is free to eat whatever she wants, sleep with whomever she wants, and to spend the money she makes however she wants. Quit being vengeful haters and get a life.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  17. garyd

    No disrespect to Oprah.America loves Her as I do also.But some of you are cult like in your appreciation/admoration of Miss Winfrey.Count to 10 and back away from the big screen people! Oprah is not Ghandi for God's sake.She doesn't levitate or cure cancer by touching you with her magic hands.Have a sense of humor.Sorry Oprah "trekkies"! Phasers down,at ease if you please!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Fat Housewife

    I'm appalled by these negative comments. Oprah has given me years & years of enjoyment while sitting on my couch eating bon bons & TV dinners. She has given some money to some charities, but deep deep down inside, when she was not looking for ways to exploit people for ratings, she is a very kind person. And she has billions & billions of dollars and has given a million or two to charities, which to you & me would be about one or two thousand. So for that, she is the best person IN THE WORLD!!! And even though I would fall under the same category as all of you because I dont make as much as Oprah, I just want to say, she will be laughing all the way to the bank, ha ha ha!!!!! Now excuse me while I eat another stick of butter and brush the crumbs off of my mu mu.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jodey

    This is sickening. Oprah's no humanitarian. If she were, she'd give a significaant amount of her vast, multibillion-dollar fortune to charities. She's just as greedy as any other billionaire who sits on wealth. I wonder how much she paid for that Oscar.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  20. randy

    Seriously... Is there no moderator here????? This is shameful.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Betty

    I'm an African from South Africa and really appreciate the work that Oprah is doing and has done before. All those undertakers should just stop this negative energy that you're trying to implement to the others.SHAME ON YOU for being so critical to this generous woman

    August 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  22. garyd

    Oprah's like Google with breasts! She's everywhere!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jay

    A lot of trashy and low-life people on here. Sad you people have no respect for your own self, let alone others by the type of trash, ugly comments you write. Pathetic how many people in the world today are such low-life trash. Sorry most of you didn't have anyone to raise you decently.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  24. dennis

    The school she opened? The one that had teachers beating the kids. Way to go Oprah.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  25. p

    she's laughing all the way to the bank. haters! u would love to be like her poor trash! ha ha

    August 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Evel Knievel

    So they finally recognized her for her portrayal of a straight woman all this time?

    August 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  27. jerseyshoregal

    First off u all r very rude hatred...I am no fan of oprahhowever, I do recognize the greater good that she has done for not only many people n our country but also n many other countries...u people must b the same people who voted for Obama and are now trying to make it look like he failed whenit was ur uncle and his father who single handedly ripped our country apart...lack of education in home and school allows u to have doo doo thinking on ur mind. And n ur mouth...go gurgle with the liquid green kind!!

    August 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evel Knievel

      Don't they teach punctuation on the Jersery shore?

      August 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna

      I think you need to wash your mouth out too.

      Mainly though you need to go back to school to learn how to write!

      August 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jerseyshoregal

      I'm very well educated but its called quick typing n shortcuts...tuvm....facts don't change though...losers

      August 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Måd Råp3r

      Those aren't shortcuts, you just suck.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jerseyshoregal

      Also seeing that I believe most of the comments r made by borderline schizophrenic/bipolar/uneducated/cerebral hemorrhage of the brain/wish they had oprah on speed dial becuz they live n a trailer and r 1 step from getting kicked of welfare and our their trailer they call home becuz they live n Florida n its now required u rake a drug lest losers!! Lol...check ur bank accounts boys n girls....oprah can buy u ur regular dollar sandwich from the dollar menu at mcdonalda 4 the next 100 yrs n it wouldn't even put a dent n her bank account if she never made another cent...u wish u were gail...Lmbo...#CHECKMATE!!!

      August 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Rolyat

    Just what Oprah needs. Like her head and her rear are already not fat enough.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • I left a butt weasel in your vegetable crisper

      Hey Jersey Idiot...smell this -–> *POOT*

      August 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  29. boocat

    Hey Igor and tracie....your days are numbered as far as commenting on CNN.....

    August 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  30. boocat

    Wonderful! More b.s. to add to her already inflated ego.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  31. madhater

    The TRUTH is a makeup artist.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  32. xdougx

    More proof why no one should watch this crap.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  33. tracie

    An Oscar for what? So she was acting for 25 years?? Sounds like a buncha doo doo if you ask me.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  34. rachel

    Now that opuh have an Oscar Katie Couric will be next in line to lick her blackhole.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sons of the Silent Age

    Opa/Gayle and Bruce/Kris could release their s e x tapes together and make it a double feature.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  36. tracie

    I will eat her chocolate doo doo.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  37. bee

    Great! She deserves it. Good for her!'boof' must just shut up, too negative.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Riding your mothers doookie-hole

    Opa probably thinks the Oscar is like a chocolate covered bunny and will try to unwrap it and eat it.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Penis Buffet

    More meaningless awards for meaningless people. I salute you Opah -> *POOT*

    August 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Synapse

    Oprah's role as Sophia should have WON the Oscar, the year she was up for it. All the politics surrounding the fact that it was her 1st (only???) role kept her from winning. Unforgettable.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  41. lilly m carter

    I love Oprah, she has done a great job for twenty-five years as a talk show host not to mention all the other wonder things she has contribue to. lilly m

    August 3, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • eddie

      Lilly, eating doo doo can be healthy and fun but as with all things in life we must maintain moderation. I sense your brain has become infected by your constant consumption of fecal mattter so lay off for awhile eating your girlfriends doodee squats.

      August 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • eds

      I agree. Oprah's the best person in America

      August 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Boof

    So much for the integrity of the Oscars. Not that they had much left anyway.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  43. justic

    this person never impressed me, why give her an award. she did not solve the issues of the world with jobs and the people who she thought were inspiring like dr phil dr oz and rachel raye are so uninteresting to me that is why i could really care less about all this , make a big deal out of nothing. all she did was make money out of peoples problems. yeah well worth an award. boring........................................

    August 3, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  44. Junkpile

    I bet Gary and Mingy are thrilled.....maybe they will get a little more attention.....LOL

    August 3, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  45. TRUTH

    And what have either of you done in your lives that was honorable? *snickers*

    August 3, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • @TRUTH

      I'm sure as many things as you, without having to make things up.
      p.s. buying girl scout cookies doesnt count, so you can scratch that off your list

      August 3, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Harpo

      They made people laugh.

      August 3, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  46. The Måd Råp3r

    Didn't stop her from eating it though.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  47. Frederico

    she was probably excited to find that she won, thinking it was a pack of Oscar Meyer weiners, then saddened when it was an Oscar as in the award.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |

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