"The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything," said Albert Einstein.
So Oprah Winfrey will be receiving the famous Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in the fall -- she will add an honorary Oscar to her already crowded shelves of awards and plaques.
Good news? I'm sure Miss Winfrey thinks so, but she might be the only one. There's lots of criticism out there. Most of it centers on the fact that Winfrey made her name and fame in television, not motion pictures. (She has appeared on screen in "The Color Purple" and "Beloved.") How dare she accept an Oscar? Who does she think she is?
Let's see. She's somebody who raised $80 million via Oprah's Angel Network, somebody who gave $10 million dollars in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and somebody who in 2007 was listed as having donated more than $300 million to various charities.
You know, it's called a humanitarian award. So what if Oprah is not a movie star or a producer? How many of you rolled your eyes and went to the bathroom over the years when the likes of David L. Wolper, Sol Lesser, Lew Wasserman, Walter Mirisch, Arthur B. Krim, George Seaton, Jules C. Stein accepted their Oscars? It's not always stars such as Frank Sinatra, Rosalind Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman, Jerry Lewis or Gregory Peck who do good deeds in a naughty world.
Oprah Winfrey has done good deeds. She is a phenomenon in showbiz, and her influence is worldwide. If she had ever wanted to be a movie star, I'm sure she would have become a movie star. And if you think she's only doing it all for herself, for her own ego -- fine. There are worse things to do with one's ego.
I don't think Oprah is all sweetness and light. (Just take a look at the behind-the-scenes series she approved, showing the workings of her final season. Tough cookie!) I have even criticized her -- the James Frey incident, the owner of Hermes incident, etc. But she has still contributed more to the good side than to the dark.
Of course, Doris Day still deserves her honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement, too. But God forbid the high-ups at the Academy did two things right in one year.
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The Hollywood Reporter tells us that few in Hollywood have "enough downtime" to submit to full-out plastic surgery. Everybody's opting for the quick fixes that often have better results than the old stitch-'em-up-and-hide-out-for-a-month methods.
Super-effective lasers, light treatments, vastly improved fillers. Nobody just gets out of bed, washes their face, combs their hair, puts on a bit of mascara and heads to the red carpet.
Angelina Jolie benefits from something called the Gentle Waves machine, developed by dermatologist David Colbert. Michelle Williams has undergone the "triad facial," another Colbert innovation. This is very popular with stars who are about to be photographed for Vanity Fair or Vogue. Also, the ruthlessly sharp HD transmissions on TV make it impossible now to simply use a good concealer.
But my favorite info gleaned from this article was the Calcium Nature Lift. This is very popular with men. For a mere $5,000, liquid calcium is injected for 10 minutes into a guy's jaw. It gives the immediate appearance of a square manly movie-star jaw line. And who is the model for this procedure, whose picture is carried into the session ("I want to look like this!"), whose name is uttered?
It is the squarest-jawed man in the biz -- 007, Daniel Craig.