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In recognition of her extraordinary achievements and contributions, Oprah has received numerous honors, including the most prestigious awards and highest industry acknowledgments.

2013
  • Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
2012
  • Spelman College—National Community Service Award
2011
  • The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award/Honorary Academy Award
  • National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences—Crystal Pillar Award
  • TIME Magazine100 Most Influential People in the World. She is the only person to have been included in all eight of TIME'S 100 Most Influential People in World lists, from 2004-2011.
2010
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts—Kennedy Center Honors
  • The Women's Conference (California)—Minerva Award

2007
  • The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity—2007 Humanitarian Award

2006
  • The New York Public Library—Library Lion 2006

2005
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People—Hall of Fame
  • National Civil Rights Museum—2005 National Freedom Award
  • International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences—2005 International Emmy Founders Award

2004
  • United Nations Association of the United States of America—Global Humanitarian Action Award
  • National Association of Broadcasters—Distinguished Service Award
 
2003
  • Association of American Publishers—AAP Honors Award

2002
  • 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards®—Bob Hope Humanitarian Award
  • Broadcasting & Cable—Hall of Fame

1999
  • National Book Foundation—50th Anniversary Gold Medal

1998
  • National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences®—Lifetime Achievement Award
The following year, after accepting this pinnacle honor, Oprah removed herself from future Emmy® consideration and the show followed suit in 2000. Oprah and The Oprah Winfrey Show received more than 40 Daytime Emmy Awards®: seven for Outstanding Host; nine for Outstanding Talk Show; more than 20 in the Creative Arts categories; and one for Oprah's work as supervising producer of the ABC After School Special Shades of a Single Protein.
  • TIME Magazine100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century

1997
  • Newsweek—Most Important Person in Books and Media
  • TV Guide—Television Performer of the Year

1996
  • International Radio & Television Society Foundation—Gold Medal Award
  • George Foster Peabody Awards—1995 Individual Achievement Award

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