WTF: Why Wasn't a Woman of Color Introducing Oprah?
Consider this the companion complaint to the host entry: It's not that Reese Witherspoon isn't worthy of the honor. But in a room that includes Kerry Washington, Issa Rae, Ava DuVernay and Tracee Ellis Ross, was the Big Little Lies star really the best person to speak to Oprah Winfrey's towering achievements? After all, DuVernay, the first black woman to direct a movie with a 100-million-plus budget, is sitting right there! (Witherspoon and Winfrey star in that movie, A Wrinkle in Time.) Of course, the blonde Oscar winner was as effusive and plucky as you would expect her to be, talking about the honoree's hugs, English muffins and business acumen. But Winfrey opened her own speech by recalling how she felt as a child when Sidney Poitier won best actor in 1964 – and you can't help thinking how wonderful it would have been had any person of color in attendance been able to offer her that same tribute. PR