Sideshow: Oprah, young star are honored

Oprah Winfrey, recipient of the Power Award, reacts to photographers at the 6th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Oprah Winfrey, recipient of the Power Award, reacts to photographers at the 6th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) (Chris Pizzello)
Posted: February 24, 2013

Oprah Winfrey, 59, and history's youngest best-actress Oscar nominee, Quvenzhane Wallis, who is half a century her junior, were two of the honorees at Essence magazine's sixth annual Black Women in Hollywood awards Thursday at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Wallis, 9, needed a step to reach the microphone for her acceptance speech after winning the Breakthrough Performance award for Beasts of the Southern Wild. She thanked God, director Benh Zeitlin, and "my babysitter that was on set."

Oprah was introduced by the graduating class of her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. "I am humbled by this day," she said. "There's nothing better than being honored by your own."

   

McCready funeral plans

Mindy McCready's family on Friday announced funeral plans for the country star, who committed suicide last week. There will be a private service Tuesday at Crossroads Church in Fort Myers, Fla. Burial arrangements have not yet been completed.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Pregnancy-enhanced media machine Kim Kardashian, whose idea of guarding her life's privacy is to appear on only one mag cover a week, is not leaving Keeping Up With the Kardashians after the ninth season as reported. She'll be there in Season 10. . . . Diane Lane is divorcing her husband, fellow thesp Josh Brolin, after eight years. She signed the papers on Valentine's Day. (Ouch!) . . . Turned down: Request by "Meat Is Murder" singer Morrissey that the Los Angeles Staples Center shut down all its meat-serving food concessions, including McDonald's, on the night of his March 1 concert. . . . The WWE has invited pundit Glenn Beck to appear on Monday's live WWE telecast Raw to explain why he referred to that fraternity of scholar-athletes as "stupid wrestling people." Think he'll go?

Greatfully dead in A.C.

Grateful Dead survivors Phil Lesh & Bob Weir and their band, Furthur, will play the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on April 27. Tix go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Info: 1-800-736-1420 or www.Ticketmaster.com.

Jay-Z & Timberlake gang up

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake - who recently collaborated on JT's new single, "Suit & Tie" - kick off a tour July 17 in Toronto. They'll play Hersheypark Stadium on Aug. 4 and Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 13. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Thursday. Info: 1-800-736-1420 or www.Ticketmaster.com.

- Dan DeLuca


This article includes information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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