The Empowerment in Entertainment gala will be held May 6 in Los Angeles and is accompanied by a dedicated issue of THR that spotlights leaders of change.
Tyler Perry is set to receive The Hollywood Reporter's Oprah Winfrey Empowerment Award at its annual Empowerment in Entertainment gala in May.
The award honors those who have created opportunities for people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community and the next generation of the entertainment industry. Winfrey will present Perry with the award, which she first received at last year's event, where it was renamed in her honor. WME is the presenting sponsor of the Empowerment in Entertainment event and Amazon is the platinum sponsor.
“I'm honored to be recognized with this award, named after the woman who was instrumental in helping me forge my own path in Hollywood,” said Perry. “Oprah has been a North Star for me as well as countless others.”
“I am so deeply proud of the ways that Tyler Perry has created opportunities of inclusion for so many people in entertainment through all of his work,” said Oprah Winfrey. “He is a self-taught, self-sustaining, self-made industry force that embodies the Empowerment Award.”
The event will be held May 6 in Los Angeles and is accompanied by a dedicated issue of THR that spotlights entertainment's leaders of change. A media mogul and philanthropist, Perry has been at the forefront of spearheading change. In October 2019, he opened the 330-acre Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, one of the largest studios in the United States. Each of the 12 soundstages is named after an esteemed African American and the studios are home to numerous film and television productions, including Perry's own Netflix feature, A Fall From Grace.
“Tyler Perry epitomizes the characteristics of the Oprah Winfrey Empowerment Award, with not only what he gives back to the industry but in how he models what you can achieve,” said THR editorial director Matthew Belloni. “And we extend our gratitude to Oprah for her generosity in lending her name and contribution to this honor.”
As a philanthropist, Perry leads The Perry Foundation, which aims to transform tragedy into triumph by seeding individual potential, supporting communities and harvesting sustainable change. The foundation partners with more than 30 organizations across education, sustainability, agriculture, health, human rights, technology, arts and culture and economic development.
For the second year in a row, THR's Young Executives Fellowship — a sister initiative to THR's Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, now in its 11th year — will select around 20 of the best and brightest high school juniors, chosen on a highly competitive basis and all from underserved schools in Los Angeles, Compton and Inglewood.
The full list of nominees for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards was revealed this morning, and music fans who have been keeping up with the Oscars nomination process might notice that a few big names are missing from the final list.
Beyonce's Lion King song “Spirit” made the shortlist for Best Original Song which was announced a month ago, as did Pharrell and Chad Hugo's Black Godfather song “Letter To My Godfather” and Thom Yorke's Motherless Brooklyn song “Daily Battles.” However, none of those tracks made it to the final list of nominees.
Elton John saw some success, though. His shortlisted Lion King track “Never Too Late” is not nominated, but his Rocketman song “I'm Gonna Love Me Again” is. It is up against songs from Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, Breakthrough, and Harriet. Meanwhile, Randy Newman earned a Best Original Score nomination for Marriage Story, and he will be competing in the category against, among other films, 1917, the score for which was crafted by his cousin, Thomas Newman.
At the very least, everybody mentioned here fared better than Taylor Swift did: Her Cats song “Beautiful Ghosts” didn't even make the 15-song shortlist after earning a Golden Globes nomination.
Find the music-related Oscar nominees below, and find the full list of this year's Academy Award nominations here.
Original ScoreAlexandre Desplat, Little WomenHildur Guðnadóttir, JokerThomas Newman, 1917Randy Newman, Marriage StoryJohn Williams, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
Original Song“I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4“I'm Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman“I'm Standing With You,” Breakthrough“Into The Unknown,” Frozen 2“Stand Up,” Harriet
After critics complained about the novel's portrayal of Latinos, Winfrey turned the forum, set to air Friday on Apple TV +, into a debate about the marginalization of Latino voices, the lack of diversity in publishing and the question of who is best suited to tell a given story.
When Oprah Winfrey chose the novel American Dirt for her book club, she imagined engaging in an impassioned television dialog about the narrative, which follows a Mexican mother and her son fleeing to the United States.
Instead, Winfrey ended up organizing a show that put the book, author Jeanine Cummins and Winfrey herself on trial. After critics complained about the novel's portrayal of Latinos, she turned the forum into a debate about the marginalization of Latino voices, the lack of diversity in publishing and the question of who is best suited to tell a given story.
Just a few months ago, the book was one of 2020's most welcome releases, described as a modern-day version of John Steinbeck's classic The Grapes of Wrath. But criticism quickly mounted and made it Exhibit A in grievances against the industry. The Mexican-American writer Myriam Gurba condemned the novel as a "Trumpian" charade crammed with Mexican stereotypes.
Winfrey and Cummins were joined on the show by three prominent critics of the book. The Associated Press was allowed to attend the taping of the highly anticipated program last month in Tucson, not far from where Cummins wrote and researched parts of the novel. The program airs Friday on Apple TV Plus.
Speaking to the AP after the show, Winfrey lamented the controversy.
"This has taken up a lot of my energy, a lot of her Cummins' energy, and it's taken away my attention from why people want to read books," she said.
Future book club picks, she said, will almost certainly include Latino authors — she has only chosen a handful since founding her club in 1996. She promised a more thorough approach that anticipated possible backlash, saying she was not going "to wade into that water" again.
Cummins said the conversation was "productive."
"It was civil. I really understood where they were coming from, the women who were there in opposition to the book. I hope that they also understood where I was coming from," she said.
Published Jan. 21, the book has been a bestseller, fulfilling the hopes of the Macmillan-owned Flatiron Books, which outbid several competitors and paid seven figures for the manuscript. Sales have exceeded 200,000 copies.
But the publisher has retreated from any grand literary claims. The blurb comparing the story to The Grapes of Wrath has been removed from the cover, and Flatiron's president and publisher, Bob Miller, apologized for the book's promotion, including a luncheon last year that featured barbed wire centerpieces based on the book's jacket design....