By Kyle | August 4, 2011
Patrick Goldstein rips the Academy a new one:
It’s hard to imagine a more boneheaded move by the motion picture academy than its decision to give an honorary Oscar, in the form of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, to Oprah Winfrey….
Winfrey has clearly done lots of creditable humanitarian work, but why should she be getting the Hersholt award — perhaps the most prestigious of all honorary Oscars — which in the past has gone to actors, executives and filmmakers with high-profile movie careers? Judging from my email traffic, the prevailing analysis is that the academy was reacting to the loss of face it suffered this year with the total absence of people of color from its Oscar nominations.
I think it’s pretty obvious Oprah isn’t getting the big award for being in a flop 15 years ago (“Beloved”) or a single hit a decade before that (“The Color Purple”). Randy Quaid’s movie resume is more impressive than Oprah’s. Now that a precedent has been set, though: where are the Oscars for such other stars of daytime as Judge Judy, Barbara Walters and Glenn Beck?