On Saturday, for her excellent humanitarian work, Actress and producer Oprah Winfrey, who has dominated the US television talk show scene for a quarter-century, was honoured with an Oscar’s statuette.
The 57-year-old television megastar – nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar 25 years ago for her role in “The Colour Purple” – received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at a dinner here.
The award has been given out intermittently by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1956. Previous recipients include Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Jerry Lewis.
The Academy said that since her Oscar nomination in 1986, Winfrey had become “one of the most influential figures in entertainment and philanthropy.”
She was honoured at the Governors Awards dinner along with veteran actor James Earl Jones and make-up artist Dick Smith, who will each receive Honorary Awards for their contributions to the industry. “
I never imagined myself receiving an Oscar, especially for what I’m considering my calling,” Winfrey said, visibly moved. (AFP)