Oprah muscles in on Barbara Walters' Oscar turf

Oprah_lBarbara Walters better watch her back. The Queen of All-Media is hosting her own pre-Oscar interview special — but with a twist. Instead of sitting down with the stars herself a la Babs, Oprah is enlisting past winners Julia Roberts (pictured with Winfrey at the 2005 Oscars), Nicole Kidman, and Jamie Foxx to interview an Oscar-winner each one admires: George Clooney, Russell Crowe, and Sidney Poitier, respectively. The hour-long program wil air three days before the Feb. 25 Oscar telecast and will immediately follow a new episode of Grey’s Anatomy. That Oprah. She doesn’t mess around.

Walters’ special will air as usual right before the Oscars telecast, although The View den mother hasn’t announced yet whom she plans to make cry this year.

Personally, that seems like a lot of Oscar pre-shows to me, but what do you think, PopWatchers? Is there such a thing as too much hoopla about the Oscars?

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  • Tia

    Blaspheme! There is never too much hoopla about the Oscars. And although this year is a little duller than usual it still beats anything else I’d rather obsess over on a Sunday night. I’m there for Oprah cause I’ll miss Barbara in favor of seeing the early arrivals on E!

  • fredric

    I think Miss Winfrey needs to call it what it is. A special. Not an Oscar special, because none of these previous winners have anything to do with THIS year’s Oscars. How about interviewing Helen Mirren? Or Forrest Whitaker? Or any other deserving actor who isn’t in the media every five minutes?

  • Will

    There’s NEVER enough Oscar-ness!! I’m already excited to find out who Babs will interview this year (hopefully no more Patrick Dempsey types who have NOTHING to do with the Oscars)

  • Mozz

    Jamie Foxx interviewing Sidney Poitier! Why didn’t Barbara think of this… GENIUS! i’m there!

  • AP

    Oprah has the better idea. Granted it might not be the newest or freshest idea, but it’s different than the usual host interviewing the guest. with barbara…once u’ve seen her interviews u’ve seen all of them. With how long Barbara’s been on the air, u’d think she’d come up wiht something different here and there……….

  • toonces

    God how boring– Julia and George Clooney? Starred together/ have interviewed together/ are friends. Nicole and Russell- starred together/ compatriots/ are friends. Give me a break.
    Generic/ cliche/ L-a-m-e. American stars can’t think of other people to interview? The rest of the world is right- we are so bland.
    Oprah is intent on taking over the universe, not just Earth and it’s a bit cloying.
    Can she just come out of the closet already and be truthful towards her legions of 47 year old white Minnesotan moms and be done with it already!?!?! She claims such openness and honesty and is the biggest hypocrite of all.

  • Katie

    How boring. Haven’t we seen and heard enough of Kidman, Clooney, Roberts, etc.? How about interviewing someone interesting for a change?

  • Jane

    Who cares? What could any of these people say that hasn’t been heard many times before? Does anyone really care what Russell Crowe has to say? Of course they are all BFF so there will be nothing at all thought-provoking or controversial. Just another attempt for Oprah to take over the world.

  • confidential

    Isn’t it Oprah’s job to recycle ideas in her Oprah way and the rest of the world stands amazed at whatever she does.. She is basically conbining the Sundance Channels idea and Barbara’s into one but with past Oscar winners whom are boring. My basic opinion on Oprah is why does she matter SO much about EVERYTHING????? Help me on this one…

  • aramis

    For some reason “The Devil Wears Prada” in the staff meeting scene where Miranda Priestly BITINGLY says: “Florals? For Spring. Groundbreaking.” I don’t something about those pair-up interviews brought that to mind. Groundbreaking.

  • RobinG

    The only part of this program that sounds like it could be interesting is the Jamie Foxx/Sidney Poitier interview, but only if Jamie Foxx doesn’t make it about Jamie Foxx. God, I hope he’s not about to release an album around the same time!

  • Jedidog

    I also hope Barbara interviews some fresh blood this year. My handpicked list for her to talk to would be Sacha Cohen, out of character from “Borat”, a in-depth with Martin Scorcese and the resurgence of Eddie Murphy’s career post-“Dreamgirls”.
    I think Helen Mirren would be an inspired choice, or perhaps Jennifer Hudson.
    Please not the same old Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp or Will Smith. Much as I appreciate these stars, share the limelight!

  • Vicky

    Why is Oprah doing a special about actors that are irrelevant to this year’s Oscar race? I’d rather see some new people thrown into the mix. And maybe they should have waited to publicize this special until after the nominations were announced. Anyhoo, is anyone else sick of Oprah and Barbara Walters as much as I am??

  • bootsycolumbia

    Yes, Vicky, I’m as sick of both of them as you are! I stopped watching Oprah’s show when my local station moved Ellen Degeneres’ show opposite hers. What a refreshing change! Ellen puts on a fun, entertaining show; Oprah just wants to tell the world how fabulous she and all her rich friends are–no contest. And I truly wish Barbara Walters would retire. Her Oscar specials are awful, she sucks all the life from the room whenever she’s on The View, and she threw away her considerable journalistic cred decades ago to interview the likes of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. I love the Oscars and never miss them, but I won’t watch either one of these specials.

  • Jasper

    I just HATE Barbara Walters but if she interviews someone good I’ll still watch. Oprah’s special sounds like it could be fun but I agree that she should’ve maybe had past winners interview current nominees (or likely nominees since we don’t officially know yet).

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