Academy Award-nominated actress Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and more were honored at this year’s seventh annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon in a beautiful event that took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday. Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Spike Lee, and more were in attendance at this year’s celebration, which packed an emotional punch as honorees spoke of personally struggling with finding their place in the world. Read on to find out what the winners had to say in their acceptance speeches below: READ FULL STORY
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The Golden Globe nomination were announced this morning, and in addition to providing a boost to surprise contenders like Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) for Best Supporting Actress and Ron Howard’s racing movie, Rush, for Best Drama, there were others who were dealt a setback by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels’ The Butler? You don’t get a nomination! You don’t get a nomination!
Wolf of Wall Street‘s Martin Scorsese, who won in 2011 for directing Hugo and has been nominated in the category seven other times? Feel free to make other plans on Jan. 14.
Saving Mr. Banks earned just one nomination (Emma Thompson), with the HFPA ultimately deciding that Captain Phillips would be Tom Hanks’s prize.
And what about James Gandolfini for Enough Said? Back in September, an HFPA member hinted to EW that Gandolfini’s prospects for a Best Supporting Actor nomination weren’t too great, you know, because he’s not able to attend. Well… you can’t say the HFPA are liars.
What was your least favorite snub from the Golden Globe movies nominations? Sound off in the comments. (And check out our list of TV snubs and surprises!)
Ever since word spread of Nelson Mandela’s death on Thursday, celebrities have taken to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., to say goodbye to “The Father of a Nation.”
Now, Oprah Winfrey has offered her sentiments having been one of the few people to visit Mandela’s home and spend time with him.
“One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela’s home, spend private time and get to know him,” Winfrey wrote in an email. “He was everything you’ve ever heard and more — humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all.”
A Script, a Performer, and a Camera. Technically, that’s all you need to make a movie. But that formula is so much more fun when the script is written by the likes of Spike Jonze and J.C. Chandor, the actors include Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, and the filmmaker is Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.
The New York Times paired together some of the year’s top moviemaking talent for their Movies Issue, and handed them to Kaminski to make 11 original short films. “Most of the vignettes are slightly whimsical and off-center,” said Kaminski in a short behind-the-scene video (see below).
In the shorts, Robert Redford briefly explains his feelings for tofu, Michael B. Jordan plays an existential cowboy, and Blue is the Warmest Color‘s Adèle Exarchopoulos jumps up and down on a trampoline (making the argument that a Script isn’t exactly the cinematic equal of Performer and a Camera.)
Click below to see two of the shorts, starring Oprah Winfrey and Chiwetel Ejiofor, as well as the behind the scenes video. Then click over to the Times “Making a Scene” hub to see the other nine. READ FULL STORY
“O, O, O!”
Nothing says the holidays than someone in red giving out free gifts. No, not Santa — Oprah Winfrey, of course!
The former talk show host released her annual Favorite Things list for O, The Oprah Magazine on Tuesday. This year, Miss Winfrey got a little help from friend and comedian Jimmy Kimmel to pose as an elf and finish the 15-foot train in Winfrey’s stunning White by Vera Wang gown, which weighed 25 pounds (see the photo below).
As for the list itself, Winfrey’s favorites run the gamut from $13 red wine from Target to a $500 Truffle Risotto gift box (that she plans on giving Rita Wilson this year, because Tom Hanks definitely needs more truffles in his life).
For all you book club members out there, the list also includes the Kindle Paperwhite, and for those who don’t read, Oprah has you covered with the new Beats Studio Headphones by Dr. Dre. If you want to be physically covered, there are T-shirts co-designed by Ashton Kutcher, a Quilted Nylon Barn Jacket by C. Wonder, and who doesn’t love organic cotton pajamas in the morning?
But with no talk show audience to surprise any more, Oprah is giving away all 60 items in O’s 12-Day Holiday Give-O-Way sweepstakes, where a lucky reader will be picked each day to win (that’s 12 winners, for those still thinking about the headphones).
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Jenny McCarthy can sleep soundly now that the Queen of Media hath given her blessing. Well, sort of.
On Tuesday’s Watch What Happens Live, when Bravo‘s Andy Cohen asked who she would be afraid of in the industry, McCarthy responded, “I probably would be scared of Oprah,” explaining that she had walked out on a five-year show deal with Winfrey.
“So I would be scared she would beat me up,” McCarthy said. “I’m sure there’s a lot of people on her sh– list. I’m probably number four.”
But Winfrey sees all in her media kingdom (or has a vigilant RSS feed) and saw it fit to clear the air by tweeting a response today:
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Still upset over what Miley Cyrus did at the VMAs? First of all, who are you, and why won’t you just let it go?! Secondly, Robin Thicke wants you to know that the whole incident wasn’t his fault — he’s merely Cyrus’s poor, put-upon “twerkee.”
“I was walking out towards Miley, [and] I’m not thinking sex. I’m thinking fun, you know?” Thicke tells Oprah Winfrey on this Sunday’s episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter. ”I mean, her and I don’t have that kind of — and just remember, I’m singing my butt off. So I’m sitting there, I’m looking up at the sky, and I’m singing. I’m not really paying attention to all that. That’s on her.”
And that’s when he uses the dreaded “t” word. “People ask me, ‘Do you twerk?’” the singer says. “I’m like, ‘Listen, I’m the twerkee. I’m twerked upon.’”
Ladies and gentlemen, we may have just found the real world’s very own Jerry Gergich.
His name — appropriately enough — is Larry Potash, and he’s been anchoring Chicago’s WGN Morning News for 18 years. In all that time, he and his team have managed to fly under the national radar… until a few days ago, when a clip of the morning news crew accidentally hanging up on a guest went viral.
Why was the gaffe such a big deal? Simple: The guest happened to be Oprah Winfrey.
The Material Girl isn’t going to be short on materials anytime soon.
Madonna has been named the highest paid celebrity of 2013 by Forbes, which reports that the pop star brought in $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Not even an album flop can keep this woman down.
Behind Madonna is the king of movies, Steven Spielberg, with $100 million, the king of reality singing competitions, Simon Cowell, with $95 million, and the queen who gave us the red room of pain, E.L. James, also with $95 million. Rounding out the top five is Howard Stern — the king of awkwardness? — with the ever-popular intake of $95 million.
The first athlete joins the list at number 12, with Tiger Woods bringing in $78 million. And believe it or not, Oprah Winfrey sits at number 13 with $77 million. Luckily, that’s still enough money to give away a handful of cars if she feels the need.
The problem with interviewing an addict four days out of rehab is that s— really hasn’t had a chance to hit the fan yet. The problem with entertainment enabler Oprah Winfrey interviewing habitual screw-up Lindsay Lohan four days out of rehab is that the starlet has made a lifestyle out of ensuring that s— will hit the fan. Lohan admitted in her Oprah’s Next Chapter sit-down that she’s addicted to chaos: “There’s something to be said about me learning to be comfortable with things just being okay.”
Without a trace of cynicism or sarcasm, I really would like to see Lohan accept an “okay” life. But — as she’s shown through six rehab stints, one (reduced) jail sentence, and an overarching attitude of self-sabotage during the last six years — being an active member of recovery is a lot more difficult than reciting platitudes from Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions or kumbaya-ing over the Manhattan skyline. Alas, that’s exactly what Lohan did during her interview with Oprah. Why? Because she’s just not there yet. What she is — or claims to be — is “present.” Suffice it to say, this isn’t the first time the star has performed this very song and dance. The question is: Can someone like Lohan truly be “present” but also have perspective? She seems confident she can. Below, I list eight reasons I’m not placing any bets.
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