The Feb. 13 issue of the Sunday New York Times includes a well-timed article about the lack of ethnic diversity among Oscar nominated films.
Addressing the article on the Feb. 14 episode of “The View,” Barbara Walters claimed “Hollywood Whiteout” — written by Times film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott — includes a few inaccuracies, including the assertion that only 7 black
actors and actresses have taken trophies.
And who’s one of the winners they left out? Whoopi Goldberg.
“This is a sloppy journalism,” says Goldberg, who won the supporting actress Oscar in 1991 for “Ghost” and was nominated in 1986 for “The Color Purple.” “You’re supposed to be better than this.”
Goldberg isn’t alone in her frustration. Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck says that she quit her subscription to the paper over the error.
“I’m embarrassed to tell you it hurt me terribly,” says Goldberg, who whips out her statue as a reminder. “When you win an Academy Award, that’s part of what you’ve done, your legacy.”
Watch out, NYT. Whoopi isn’t just an Oscar-winner. She’s has an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), and you don’t want to know the kind of strings she can pull.
Update: In an email to Zap2it, a representative from the New York Times refutes the inaccuracies claimed by the hosts of “The View.” “The point of the piece was not to name every black actor or actress who has been awarded an Oscar, it was to draw a comparison between the number who won prior to 2002 (the year Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won) and those who have won since,” they write. “And our story states very clearly that in 73 years, prior to 2002, only seven black actors/actresses won Oscars.” An earlier version of this article did not make that clear.