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Tuesday, January 09, 2018 1:00 am


Hollywood stumping for Winfrey

Associated Press

Oprah Winfrey's moving speech at the Golden Globes has some fans and fellow celebrities calling for her presidential run.

The actress accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at Sunday's ceremony, and it didn't take long for Twitter to start lighting up with the hashtag #Oprah2020.

Comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted “Oprah/Michelle 2020.” Leslie Odom, Jr., who played Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” tweeted “She's running. A new day is on the way.” Winfrey's longtime partner Stedman Graham tells the Los Angeles Times “It's up to the people” whether she will be president, adding “she would absolutely do it.”

Winfrey brought the crowd to silence and tears with her speech. She spoke of seeing Sidney Poitier win an Academy Award when she was a girl, and weaved it into the #MeToo movement.

Slippery slope

Upcoming Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel says it's hard to tell how the public will react to the subject of sexual misconduct when he delivers his monologue at the event in two months.

The ABC late-night host said Monday he felt that one of Seth Meyers' jokes at the Golden Globes was written for him – when Meyers said he felt like the first dog being shot into outer space. It was a reference to Meyers being a test case for how Hollywood would discuss the topic.

One event sure to come up is last year's epic envelope mix-up, where actor Warren Beatty announced the wrong best picture winner. Kimmel said if something like that happened again, everyone at ABC should be fired.

Family pans series

The Versace family is distancing itself from an upcoming TV series about the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.

In a statement, his family said it has neither authorized nor been involved in FX's “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” which is based in part on Maureen Orth's book “Vulgar Favors,” and which debuts Jan. 17.

The series should be considered “a work of fiction,” according to the statement.

Singer breaks hip

Country music icon Loretta Lynn has a fractured hip after a fall at her home in Tennessee.

A statement posted Monday on her website said “she is doing well and thanks all her fans for their thoughts and prayers.”

The 85-year-old singer-songwriter suffered a stroke last year that forced her to cancel her tour dates, including one in Shipshewana, but she made a surprise appearance at the Country Music Hall of Fame in October.

Happy birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays: Singer Joan Baez is 77. Guitarist Jimmy Page is 74. Actor John Doman is 73. Singer Buster Poindexter is 68. Singer Crystal Gayle is 67. Actor J.K. Simmons is 63. Actress Joely Richardson is 53. Singer Dave Matthews is 51. Actress Joey Lauren Adams is 50. Actress Singer A.J. McLean is 40. Actress Nina Dobrev is 29. Actress Kerris Dorsey is 20. Actor Tyree Brown is 14.