Many argued that the award be given to someone who has done more in film.
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"I understood it because I was equally surprised," said the former daytime TV host. "I was surprised because I am not known as an actress. I've done film and I love the films that I've done."
Winfrey will receive her honorary Oscar this coming Saturday in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, directly above the Kodak Theatre.
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This honorary Oscar goes perfectly with Oprah's already stellar 2011. She ended an amazing 25 years on television only to start up her own network, OWN.
"Years ago, I gave [this award] to Quincy Jones and I was honored to be on the stage just giving the award," she said. "To be the recipient of an award that's given to you for your contributions toward doing something good for the world or trying to at least make a mark for a force for something that's positive in the world, I just don't think that there's a better honor than that."