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Oprah and James Earl Jones Aren’t Quite Sure Why They’re Getting Oscars

Oprah Winfrey and James Earl Jones will both receive honorary Oscars this weekend, but they were both more than a bit surprised to get the nod. "I am primarily not a film actor — that's what's so ironic about [this honorary Oscar]!" Jones told the Hollywood Reporter. "I'm still a novice in film work ... I haven't found that character that I can say, 'Yeah, that represents me and the best I can do.'" For her part, Winfrey says she gets why people were skeptical of the announcement. "I understood it because I was equally surprised," she said. "I was surprised because I am not known as an actress." Still, Winfrey does feel that she's earned her Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: "I understand people thinking, 'Where's her list of credentials for films,' but I don't think there's room for criticism in the do-good department."

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