Oprah Winfrey surprises at Apple presentation to unveil new documentaries and revamped book club

She wasn’t expect to be there, but Oprah Winfrey shocked the audience when she appeared at Apple’s It’s Showtime event Monday in Cupertino, California.

The 65-year-old daytime TV icon appeared on the event’s pitch black stage to unveil a slew of new project for the upcoming Apple+ streaming service.

In addition to two new documentaries, she announced a revamped video version of her popular book club. 

Surprise! Oprah Winfrey, 65, made an unexpected appearance at Apple's It's Showtime event on Monday in Cupertino, California

Surprise! Oprah Winfrey, 65, made an unexpected appearance at Apple's It's Showtime event on Monday in Cupertino, California

Surprise! Oprah Winfrey, 65, made an unexpected appearance at Apple’s It’s Showtime event on Monday in Cupertino, California

The Academy Award winner made her surprise appearance after a dramatic video which promised a ‘voice that we have all been missing.’ 

She appeared in a white shirt jacket with a long, thin bow tie, black slacks and a pair of short black boots.

Oprah spoke in dramatic language about the importance of her new projects with Apple.

‘There has never been a moment quite like this one. We have this unique opportunity to rise to our best selves in how we use — and choose to use — both our technology and our humanity,’ she said. 

‘We’re all at a crossroads where we get to decide if we want to reach beyond the borders of our hearts and minds to face the daunting challenges of our time.’

Influencer style: The Academy Award winner appeared in a white shirt jacket with a long, thin bow tie, black slacks and a pair of short black boots

Influencer style: The Academy Award winner appeared in a white shirt jacket with a long, thin bow tie, black slacks and a pair of short black boots

Influencer style: The Academy Award winner appeared in a white shirt jacket with a long, thin bow tie, black slacks and a pair of short black boots

Timely subject: After her preamble, she got down to business, announcing a new documentary she'll be producing, tentatively titled Toxic Labor, that will explore the 'toll of sexual harassment, assault and violation in the workplace'

Timely subject: After her preamble, she got down to business, announcing a new documentary she'll be producing, tentatively titled Toxic Labor, that will explore the 'toll of sexual harassment, assault and violation in the workplace'

Timely subject: After her preamble, she got down to business, announcing a new documentary she’ll be producing, tentatively titled Toxic Labor, that will explore the ‘toll of sexual harassment, assault and violation in the workplace’

After the preamble, she got down to business, announcing a new documentary she’ll be producing tentatively titled Toxic Labor.

The new film will explore the ‘toll of sexual harassment, assault and violation in the workplace.’

Oprah also has a multi-part documentary series in the works that’s currently untitled, but will focus on the impact of mental illness.

The show will address how the ‘scourge of depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress, addiction, trauma, and loss is just devastating lives daily across the globe,’ she explained.

‘And what I know is, if we do our jobs right, we’re going to replace shame and we’re going to replace stigma with wisdom, with some compassion and with honesty.’ 

Societal ills: Oprah also has a multi-part documentary in the work that's currently untitled, but will address how the 'scourge of depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress, addiction, trauma, and loss is just devastating lives daily across the globe'

Societal ills: Oprah also has a multi-part documentary in the work that's currently untitled, but will address how the 'scourge of depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress, addiction, trauma, and loss is just devastating lives daily across the globe'

Societal ills: Oprah also has a multi-part documentary in the work that’s currently untitled, but will address how the ‘scourge of depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress, addiction, trauma, and loss is just devastating lives daily across the globe’

Famous faces: Outside the Steve Jobs Theater, the Wrinkle In Time star paused for photos with Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) and director Steven Spielberg (R)

Famous faces: Outside the Steve Jobs Theater, the Wrinkle In Time star paused for photos with Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) and director Steven Spielberg (R)

Famous faces: Outside the Steve Jobs Theater, the Wrinkle In Time star paused for photos with Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) and director Steven Spielberg (R) 

Mass appeal: The Beloved star was most excited about a new facet of her book club, for which she would broadcast live interviews with the selected authors

Mass appeal: The Beloved star was most excited about a new facet of her book club, for which she would broadcast live interviews with the selected authors

Mass appeal: The Beloved star was most excited about a new facet of her book club, for which she would broadcast live interviews with the selected authors

The Beloved star was most excited about a new facet of her book club, for which she would broadcast live interviews with the selected authors. 

‘Imagine, where Apple stores stream a conversation with the author and me, live, across all devices, across all borders, united people to stories that remind us no matter who you are, or where you’re from, every man, woman and child looks up in awe at the same sky,’ she said. 

Outside the Steve Jobs Theater, the Wrinkle In Time star paused for photos with Apple CEO Tim Cook and director Steven Spielberg.

Spielberg was on hand to announce a rebooted version of Amazing Stories from his production company, Amblin Entertainment.

The director’s collaboration with Oprah goes back decades. She appeared in his critically acclaimed 1985 adaptation of The Color Purple, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Still waiting: Despite the optimistic tone of the event, release dates weren't provided for any of the upcoming projects, though more information will presumably be available last this year

Still waiting: Despite the optimistic tone of the event, release dates weren't provided for any of the upcoming projects, though more information will presumably be available last this year

Still waiting: Despite the optimistic tone of the event, release dates weren’t provided for any of the upcoming projects, though more information will presumably be available last this year

Oprah’s original book club was started in 1996 and came to an end in 2011.

A version 2.0 was started in 2012 with a greater focus on online accessibility and social media. Her new collaboration with Apple seems like a logical extension of the goals of the newer book club. 

Despite the optimistic tone of the event, release dates weren’t provided for any of the upcoming projects, though more information will presumably be available last this year.

One of her fellow presenters also drew online criticism. After trying to change the rules for Oscar eligibility that were perceived as an attack on Netflix by some, Spielberg drew criticism for collaborating with a rival streaming service.

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