While you may be pissed about a snub by the Academy, there’s one well-known media mogul who seems unbothered. Oprah Winfrey’s role as Gloria Gaines in the Lee Daniels film, ‘The Butler’ had tongues wagging since the time of it’s release, so much so that it was almost a given that Winfrey would get a Best Supporting Actress nod. Cut to last month when the nominations were announced to our surprise Winfrey and the film itself were completely shut out. Recently, when asked about the snub at the Critics Choice Awards Winfrey explained,
Look at that category, and look who’s nominated in that category. My friend Julia [Roberts], and June [Squibb], who I don’t know, but Sally Hawkins, and Jennifer [Lawrence] and Lupita [N’Yongo]. I think that’s fantastic. I haven’t picked up the acting chops in 15 years, so to be able to be a part of a film that could get that kind of attention, that could earn that kind of audience respect that it has…I’ve been saying all along, ‘I already won.’ If anybody sees or reads anything that says I was the slightest bit upset…I had no expectation for a nomination. I really didn’t. I think I was the only person who didn’t in my group. And I just feel like, ‘wow’. What an amazing thing I got to do that. I really do.
Oprah doesn’t feel she was snubbed either. When you look at all the performances everybody who was nominated is someone that deserves to be there. She doesn’t feel snubbed at all. The day the nominations came out she’s at home reading a book and playing with the dog. She’s really good..and she loves Lupita.
Winfrey is known for her roles as Sofia in 1985’s ‘The Color Purple‘ and as Sethe in 1998’s ‘Beloved‘. The Oscars air on March 2 on ABC at 7 PM.