Winfrey tells Cohen she was as surprised as anyone that she was selected to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Not because she doesn’t think she is worthy, but rather because she recognizes that her body of big screen acting work is slim:
“”I understand people thinking, `Where’s her list of credentials for films?'” Winfrey said, “but I don’t think there’s room for criticism in the do-good department…”
“Most people don’t realize, that when I leave work, sometimes at two in the morning, three in the morning, four in the morning, I’m up. Stedman‘s going, `Ugh, you on the phone with Africa again?’ Yep, I’m on the phone with Africa. It’s an ongoing part of my life.”
In 1996, Winfrey presented a Hersholt Award to the first African-American to receive the honor, Quincy Jones. On Saturday at the Kodak, James Earl Jones and make-up artist Dick Smith will also be honored by the Academy.
Previously on FishbowlLA:
Oprah Honorary Selection Turns Oscar Bloggers the Color Red