Honorary Oscar for Oprah: a questionable choice

LOS ANGELES, U.S. – Just hours after announcing that Oprah Winfrey will receive an honorary Oscar, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was forced to the barricades to defend the host .

Tom Sherak said that Ms. Winfrey is “one of the artists most philanthropists in the world” and that she fully deserved to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, as decided by the members of the Academy in a vote held Tuesday.

Since then, critics of blogs are increasing.

In a paper published online Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein, described as “stupid” decision of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oprah Winfrey has “many good things in the world, but that’s not enough to merit an Oscar,” the blogger said in his column entitled “Is April 1 comes twice this year?”

Tom Sherak said the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals who “give back to the community in the world and society in an extraordinary way.”

“Oprah has given, given and given,” he argued, noting that the facilitator draws on his personal fortune to pay approximately $ 500 million to various humanitarian causes.

“She is a member of the Academy, was nominated for an Oscar and has produced films. It’s not a question of personality. Rather, it is a person who is part of anything that went on top and who has given. It’s exactly for people like her that the award was created, “said Sherak.

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was presented for the first time in 1956. Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Quincy Jones and Jerry Lewis were among the winners of previous years.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced Tuesday that the actor James Earl Jones and the makeup artist Dick Smith will receive a statuette for lifetime achievement

80 years, James Earl Jones starred in over 50 films, including “Field of Dreams,” “Patriot Games” and “The Hunt for Red October.” The actor, who also lends his voice to Darth Vader in the saga “Star Wars”, garnered an Oscar nomination in 1971 for “The Great White Hope.”

Hired by NBC in 1945, Dick Smith was the first man to work as a makeup for the chain. He won an Oscar in 1984 for his work in “Amadeus” and was nominated again in 1989 for “Dad.” Nicknamed the “godfather of makeup,” he participated in “The Godfather,” “The Exorcist” and “Taxi Driver.” He also helped train many makeup artists is now among the best in the industry.

The Oscars will be awarded honorary November 12 at the third annual gala of the Governor’s Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, located just above the Kodak Theatre where the Oscars take place.

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