The uber-famous talk show host has been nominated for a special Oscar that rewards philanthropy. But does she truly deserve it?

This article titled “Oprah and the philanthropy that chokes” was written by Priyamvada Gopal, for The Guardian on Sunday 14th August 2011 16.36 UTC

Media empress Oprah Winfrey has been nominated for a special Oscar, the Jean Hersholt award, for those “whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry”. This has created mild controversy in the US, with some charging that she is insufficiently Hollywood to merit an award held by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.

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