Oprah Winfrey has expressed her disbelief at being nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
This year the media goddess made her return to the silver screen after a 15-year absence in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which tells the true story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades.
In the film she plays Gloria Gaines, the wife of Forest Whitaker’s lead character. It’s for this role that she has received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
But Oprah admitted to E! that the nomination was making her emotional and that she was relieved she hadn’t made a fool of herself in front of her peers.
“For someone who was trying not to embarrass myself, it is amazing,” she said.
“The best part is it is a jury of your peers. It’s people who do this for a living—don’t make me cry now!—It’s people who do this for a living saying we’re going to give you a vote. ‘We think what you did deserves this’.”
Oprah’s last appearance on film was in the 1998 movie Beloved. She also lent her voice to animated films, including The Princess and the Frog.
Her nomination for The Butler has put her up against some of the finest actresses in Hollywood, including Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o and her close friend Julia Roberts.
But regardless of the outcome Oprah insists that she really is just happy to be on the shortlist, whether she wins or not.
“I haven’t texted [Julia] because I was getting ready, but I was with her the other night and she’s a dear friend. And that Lupita [Nyong’o]? Oh, my god! You know, it truly is one of those awards just to be nominated is the real deal,” she exclaimed.
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