New York critic’s Whoopi omission


A recent article in the New York Times written by film critics omitted actress Whoopi Goldberg’s name in its list of black Academy Award winners. Goldberg won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1990 for Ghost. She was also nominated for Best Actress in The Colour Purple in 1985.

The article, which mentioned past winners such as Hattie McDaniel, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Hudson and Mo’Nique, draw a comparison between the number of black actors /actresses who won prior to 2002 and those who have won since.

According to The Guardian, Goldberg said on The View (a talk show which she has co-hosts) that she was hurt by the New York Times omission. She said that once you win an Academy Award it becomes part of your legacy. “I will always be Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg’, stated Goldberg.  


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