Whoopi Goldberg Criticizes New York Times Again After Hosting Oscar Event
Whoopi Goldberg is still miffed about a New York Times article that she claims "erased" her 1990 Oscar win for Ghost.
The topic came up again after she hosted the opening of an exhibit of Oscar statues inside Grand Central Terminal Wednesday, and noted that just five black actors have won Academy Awards since 2002.
"I don't know how it gets better," said Goldberg, according to the Huffington Post. "I think we're all right."
Last week, Goldberg made amends against the Times, saying on The View: "I said that I felt the reporting was shoddy and for that I'm going to apologize, OK?" (She had taken offense at being left out of an article that noted the number of black nominees had dropped since Halle Berry and Denzel Washington’s 2002 wins; a Times spokesperson said the feature was not meant to be comprehensive.)
But on Wednesday's show, Goldberg brought it up again: "This idea that there's something wrong, something missing, seemed very inaccurate to me. And it was. And there are a lot of people in that small little world of black Oscar folks. And, yeah. If you're going to talk about it, then talk about it. Don't sort of talk around it. That was my point."
She said that strides had been made since Hattie McDaniel became the first black person to win an Oscar in 1939.
Meanwhile, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science spokesman Patrick Harrison says Goldberg was chosen to host the NYC Oscar event before earning publicity surrounding her feud with the New York Times.
"That came after we had asked her to participate in this event," he said, adding that she was chosen because she had been nominated twice, had hosted the show four times and was "very much" a New Yorker.
The exhibit is open in NYC's Grand Central Terminal through Sunday, before the show airs.