14 November 2011 11:23 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oprah Winfrey James Earl Jones, The Exorcist Makeup Artist Dick Smith Receive Honorary Oscars Many were surprised and/or upset that the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was going to be handed to a television — not film — personality. Although Oprah Winfrey did receive a Best Supporting Oscar nomination for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple back in 1985, her participation in the world of filmmaking has been at best marginal, e.g., a lead in Beloved, a producing credit for Precious, doing voice-over in The Princess and the Frog and Bee Movie. (Not that anyone asked me, but … my choice for the recipient of this year's humanitarian film award would have been Hugh Grant, for his efforts in trying to save the world from Rupert Murdoch and his minions.) Winfrey, who reportedly wiped away a tear while receiving praise from a speaker onstage, later took to the podium with a message straight »

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