Oprah Winfrey still has an Oscar chance despite Golden Globes snub

Oprah Winfrey might be more internationally famous than any of the actors who received Golden Globe nominations on Thursday, but her critically acclaimed turn in "The Butler" wasn't enough to earn her Globes recognition.

In the film Winfrey plays Gloria Gaines, wife of White House butler Cecil Gaines; she received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for the part on Wednesday. 

"She certainly made my own list," said Kofi Outlaw, editor-in-chief of ScreenRant.com. "Not only was her work in 'The Butler' good on its own merits, it was a reminder that Oprah is a highly skilled actress, capable of shedding her own celebrity persona in order to deliver a convincing and moving character performance."

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    2014 Golden Globe nominations

    "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" both received seven nods, while "Wolf of Wall Street" received two. See what other films and television shows were recognized.

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    Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup in "12 Years A Slave," which earned seven nominations, including best drama, actor for Ejiofor, supporting actress, supporting actor, director and others

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    "American Hustle," starring Jennifer Lawrence, received seven nods as well, including best actress for Lawrence, best comedy or musical, supporting actor and actress, and more.

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    'Captain Phillips' -

    Tom Hanks starred with Somali immigrants, including Barkhad Abdi, in "Captain Phillips," based on a 2009 hijacking in the Indian Ocean. The film was nominated for four Golden Globes, including best drama and actor for Hanks.

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    'Gravity' -

    "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock, received four nominations, including best drama and actress.

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    'Nebraska' -

    "Nebraska" received five nominations, including best comedy or musical, actor for Bruce Dern (left), actress, director and more.

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    'Inside Llewyn Davis' -

    "Inside Llewyn Davis" received three nominations, including best actor in a comedy or musical for star Oscar Isaac and best comedy or musical.

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    'Philomena' -

    "Philomena," starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, received three nominations: best drama, actress for Dench, and screenplay for Coogan.

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    'Blue Jasmine' -

    Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," starring Cate Blanchett, earned two nods: drama actress for Blanchett, and supporting actress.

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    'Saving Mr. Banks' -

    Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) shows Disneyland to "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) in Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks." Thompson was nominated for best actress.

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    'All Is Lost' -

    Robert Redford barely speaks in his role as an unnamed sailor battling the sea in "All Is Lost," which earned the star a best actor nod. The film was also recognized for its score.

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    'Dallas Buyers Club' -

    Matthew McConaughey lost 50 pounds to portray Ron Woodroof, who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1985, in the film "Dallas Buyers Club." The film received two nods: best actor for McConaughey, and supporting actor for Jared Leto.

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    'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' -

    Idris Elba, seen here with Riaad Moosa, plays Nelson Mandela in the biographical film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." The film received three nods, including best actor for Elba.

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    'Wolf of Wall Street' -

    Leonardo DiCaprio lives the good life as stockbroker Jordan Belfort in "Wolf of Wall Street," which received two nominations, including best comedy or musical, and actor for DiCaprio.

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    'August: Osage County' -

    Julianne Nicholson, Meryl Streep and Margo Martindale are seen in a scene from "August: Osage County," which received two nods, including comedy or musical actress for Streep.

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    'Labor Day' -

    "Labor Day" received a best actress nod for star Kate Winslet.

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    'Her' -

    "Her" received three nominations, includiing best comedy actor for Joaquin Phoenix.

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    'Frances Ha' -

    "Frances Ha" was nominated for best actress in a comedy or musical for star Greta Gerwig, right.

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    'Rush' -

    "Rush" received two nods: best supporting actor for Daniel Bruhl, and best drama.

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    'Before Midnight' -

    "Before Midnight" scored a best comedy or musical actress nod for star Julie Delpy.

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    'Breaking Bad' -

    AMC's "Breaking Bad,' about a chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin, received three nods, including actor for star Bryan Cranston (pictured), supporting actor for Aaron Paul, and best TV drama series.

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    'Downton Abbey' -

    PBS' "Downton Abbey" received a nod for best TV drama.

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    'House of Cards' -

    Netflix's political drama "House of Cards," starring Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey, received four nods, including: actor and actress for Spacey and Wright, and best series.

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    'Masters of Sex' -

    Showtime's freshman series "Masters of Sex" received two nominations: best actor for star Michael Sheen, and best drama.

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    'Scandal' -

    Kerry Washington plays fixer Olivia Pope in ABC's "Scandal," and received a best actress nomination for her work.

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    'The Big Bang Theory' -

    Jim Parsons received a nod for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper on CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory." The show was also nominated for best comedy.

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    "Girls" -

    HBO's "Girls," starring Lena Dunham, was nominated for best comedy and best actress for Dunham.

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    'Parks and Recreation' -

    Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope on NBC's sitcom "Parks and Recreation." The show received two nods: best actress for Poehler, and best comedy.

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    'Veep' -

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus was nominated for her work as Selina Meyer on HBO's comedy "Veep." The actress was also nominated for best actress for her work in the comedy film "Enough Said."

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    'House of Lies' -

    Don Cheadle is nominated for best actor in a comedy series for his role as Marty Kaan in Netflix's "House of Lies."

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    'American Horror Story: Coven' -

    Jessica Lange was nominated for her work as witch Fiona on FX's "American Horror Story: Coven." The show also received a nod for best miniseries.

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    "The Michael J. Fox Show" -

    Michael J. Fox received a best comedy actor nod for his new NBC sitcom, "The Michael J. Fox Show."

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    'The Blacklist' -

    NBC's freshman drama "The Blacklist" received a nomination for best actor for star James Spader.

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    'The Good Wife' -

    CBS drama "The Good Wife" received three nods, including best actress Julianna Margulies, supporting actor and best drama.

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    'Behind the Candelabra' -

    HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" scored four nods, including best actors for stars Michael Douglas, left, and Matt Damon.

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    'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' -

    Fox's freshman sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" received two nods: best comedy and best actor for star Andy Samberg

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    'Orange Is the New Black' -

    Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" snagged a best actress nod for star Taylor Schilling, left.

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    'Ray Donovan' -

    Showtime's "Ray Donovan" received two nods: best actor for Liev Schreiber (pictured) and supporting actor.

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    'Nurse Jackie' -

    Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" snagged a best actress nod for star Edie Falco.

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    ABC's "Modern" family received two nominations: best comedy, and best supporting actress for Sofia Vergara.

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    'Arrested Development' -

    Netflix's "Arrested Development" earned a best comedy actor nod for star Jason Bateman.

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The Golden Globes, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, have a reputation for going for more offbeat nominees than the Oscars, so Oprah's inclusion seemed like a good bet, especially after her SAG nomination. Her ultimate omission surprised plenty of critics.

"The (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) has always adored star power, overlooking notable award-worthy work in favor of getting the biggest stars and most recognized faces to attend their showcase," film critic Sara Michelle Fetters of MovieFreak.com told TODAY. "With that in mind, Oprah should have been a no-brainer, her presence probably a guarantee of extra coverage (and maybe a ratings point or two) that potentially wouldn't be there without her."

Laremy Legel, who writes for Film.com and RopeOfSilicon.com, agreed. "It would be considered a snub if the Golden Globes had huge credibility, he said, recalling an infamous Globe misstep from 2010. "Johnny Depp nominated for 'The Tourist', what?"

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    U.S. television presenter Winfrey arrives for birthday dinner party of former president of South Africa Mandela in London

    It's Oprah's world

    From film star to media mogul, Oprah Winfrey has built an empire and secured a legion of devoted fans.

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    Defying police in 'Selma' -

    Oprah Winfrey plays Annie Lee Cooper in "Selma" a 54-year-old woman who punched the notoriously racist county sheriff Jim Clark after he denied her the right to register to vote. The film chronicles the three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. Oprah Winfrey produces

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    I have a dream -

    Oprah Winfrey holds up her hand during a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington August 28, 2013.

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    'The Butler' -

    Oprah Winfrey isn't just a talk-show host. Her acting has been critically acclaimed. She received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for playing the wife of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) in "The Butler" in 2013.

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    Freedom come -

    President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to broadcast journallist Oprah Winfrey during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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    YOU get a thank you, and YOU get a thank you... -

    Winfrey acknowledges fans during a star-studded taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," in Chicago on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Her famed talk show went off the air after 25 years as Winfrey moves to her OWN network.

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    Honor from Hizzoner -

    In one of his last acts before leaving office, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley presents Winfrey with a sign after a street was named in her honor outside her Harpo Studios in Chicago on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

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    Presidential visitors -

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are pictured with Winfrey during a taping of one of her last shows in Chicago on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Winfrey memorably cried tears of joy when Obama was elected.

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    On her OWN -

    Winfrey, chairman of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, announces the new original programming for the channel's Jan. 1, 2011 launch to members of the advertising and media communities on Thursday, April 8, 2010 in New York.

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    Going Gaga -

    Oprah Winfrey wears sunglasses and holds a hair bow given to her by Lady Gaga, left, after a live broadcast of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 in Chicago.

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    Backed by Oprah -

    Executive producers Tyler Perry, right, and Oprah Winfrey walk the red carpet at the AFI Fest 2009 gala screening of their new film "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" in Hollywood on Nov. 1, 2009.

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    First lady Michelle Obama, left, sits next to Winfrey and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, right, at the opening ceremonies of the 121st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session and XIII Olympic Congress at the Copenhagen Opera House on Oct. 1, 2009, in Copenhagen. Despite the star power backing its bid to host the 2016 Olympics, Chicago was eliminated during the first round.

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    The queen of daytime -

    Winfrey, right, performs with the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie, center, and will.i.am, left, in Chicago on Sept. 8, 2009, while taping an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." The episode was taped on a three-block stretch of Michigan Avenue near the Chicago River to celebrate the show's 24th season.

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    Honorary degree -

    Winfrey smiles at Duke president Richard Brodhead after receiving her honorary degree from Duke University during a graduation ceremony in Durham, N.C., on May 10, 2009. Her godson, William Bumpus, son of her well-known friend, Gayle King, was among the graduates.

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    A powerful woman -

    Oprah Winfrey arrives at the 17th Annual Women In Entertainment Power 100 Breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2008. Winfrey was No. 1 on the list, which is compiled by the Hollywood Reporter.

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    Book promoter -

    Winfrey holds a copy of her September 2008 pick for her Book Club -- David Wroblewski's "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle." Since launching her Book Club in 1996, Winfrey has helped authors from Toni Morrison to Joyce Carol Oates sell millions of books.

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    Helping to celebrate -

    Winfrey arrives for the birthday dinner party of former South African President Nelson Mandela at Hyde Park in London on June 25, 2008.

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    The 'O' endorsement -

    In another first for the talk-show maven, Winfrey endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president in 2007. She hosted a fundraiser for Obama, accompanied by his wife Michelle, on Sept. 8, 2007, at her home in Montecito, Calif. That weekend, Winfrey made four joint appearances with Obama at various campaign stops.

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    For the girls -

    On Jan. 2, 2007, Winfrey, center, cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of her Leadership Academy for Girls School in South Africa. "The school will teach girls to be the best human beings they can ever be; it will train them to become decision-makers and leaders; it will be a model school for the rest of the world," Winfrey wrote on the academy's Web site.

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    Oprah, Dave ... Dave, Oprah -

    David Letterman walks hand-in-hand with Winfrey from the Ed Sullivan Theater to the premiere of her new musical "The Color Purple" at the nearby Broadway Theater after Winfrey made an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Dec. 1, 2005, in New York. For years Letterman had a running joke about how Oprah didn't like him.

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    Red-carpet ready -

    Winfrey, right, and actress Halle Berry strike a pose for the cameras on the red carpet at the 77th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 25, 2005.

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    In front of, and behind, the camera -

    Winfrey brought her own camcorder to the 30th Annual People's Choice Awards on Jan. 11, 2004, in Pasadena, Calif.

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    Powerful friends -

    Winfrey joined U2 frontman and philantrophist Bono at a gala dinner before the "Give 1 Minute to AIDS" concert for The Nelson Mandela Foundation's 46664 campaign held at Greenpoint Stadium on Nov. 27, 2003, in Cape Town, South Africa.

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    Hall of Famer -

    Winfrey was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Magazine Hall of Fame on Nov. 11, 2002. She attended the gala at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

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    Charitable giving -

    Winfrey stands in front of hundreds of children in Durban, South Africa, on Dec. 8, 2002. Tens of thousands of children received gifts of food, clothing, athletic shoes, school supplies, books and toys as part of Winfrey's philanthropic trip for her charity, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation.

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    Cruise control -

    Actor Tom Cruise appeared on Winfrey's show on Dec. 6, 2001, to talk about his film "Vanilla Sky" and his break-up with then-wife Nicole Kidman. Cruise returned to her show in 2005 to talk about his new love, actress Katie Holmes. Cruise gained cultural infamy for jumping on Winfrey's couch in an enthusiastic display of his love for Holmes.

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    W to W -

    Then-Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush gives a kiss to Winfrey after appearing on her show on Sept. 19, 2000.

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    Magazine boss -

    Winfrey is joined by Barbara Walters, left, and Diana Ross, right, at the launch party for her magazine on April 17, 2000, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York.

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    Movie star -

    Winfrey co-starred with Danny Glover in the movie "Beloved," director Jonathan Demme's adaption of Toni Morrison's novel.

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    What's the beef? -

    Winfrey arrives at the federal courthouse in Amarillo, Texas, in January 1998. Cattlemen filed a lawsuit against her for saying on her talk show that the U.S. beef industry could be at risk of spreading mad cow disease. The trial forced Winfrey to move her show to Amarillo for several episodes. She won that trial, but the cattlemen filed another suit a few weeks later. A U.S. District judge ultimately dismissed the case in 2002.

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    Running for the cause -

    Winfrey ran in the Revlon Run/Walk for Women 5K to raise money for women's cancer organizations in 2007. She has been open about battles with weight and her love-hate relationship with exercise.

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    Furry escort -

    Winfrey brought one of her furry friends with her to Ebony Magazine's "Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine" event on Nov. 17, 1996.

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    Golden girl, and her man -

    Longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham has been by Winfrey's side at many awards shows, including the Daytime Emmy Awards. In 1987, her first year of eligibilty, she claimed three Emmys, including one for outstanding host and outstanding talk program.

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    Hot topics -

    In 1994, Winfrey consoled a distraught mourner during a segment of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" taped at Buffalo United Methodist Church, in Union, S.C., following the revelation that fellow townswoman Susan Smith drowned her sons, Alex and Michael, when she let her car roll into a local lake. The case drew nationwide interest.

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    Weight issues -

    On Nov. 16, 1988, Winfrey rolled out a toy wagon containing 68 pounds of fat on her show to illustrate how much weight she had lost. She credited her 68-pound weight loss to a liquid diet and exercise. Her goal was to fit into a size 10 pair of blue jeans for the first time. However, she quickly gained the weight back and has see-sawed ever since.

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    Famous friend -

    Winfrey strikes a pose with famed composer and producer Quincy Jones.

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    Oscar nominee -

    Winfrey co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg, second from right, and Rae Dawn Chong, right, in "The Color Purple" in 1985. She received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Sofia. She would later name her production company Harpo, another character in the film, which is also Oprah spelled backwards.

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    Early promise -

    An 18-year-old Winfrey received the Miss WVOL award from the Nashville, Tenn., radio station in 1972. Winfrey rose quickly from local radio and TV reporter to become host of her own nationally syndicated talk show.

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But since vote totals aren't revealed, not everyone felt Winfrey's absence was a big deal.

"The whole 'snub' thing always smacks of conspiracy when, for the most part, awards are decided by individuals voting their preferences without collusion," said Alonso Duralde, film critic for The Wrap. "And for all we know, she came in sixth place at just one vote behind whoever came in fifth."

But many critics have high hopes for Winfrey's name to resurface when Academy Award nominations are announced Jan. 16.

"The Academy gave Oprah an honorary Oscar last year (for her philanthropy), so that's clearly a group where she has support," Duralde said.

Legel agreed. "Oprah can fully expect a nomination come Oscar time, likely in place of Sally Hawkins from 'Blue Jasmine.'" he said. "Why the confidence? Because the Academy is far too savvy to leave a pop culture icon like Oprah waiting at the altar. She probably can't win, but that nomination is all but assured."

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