The View co-host, who won an Academy Award for Ghost says she was hurt by the paper's omission

By Sara Hammel
February 14, 2011 03:05 PM
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When Whoopi Goldberg caught sight of an recent New York Times article discussing the lack of racial diversity among this year’s Academy Award nominees, she naturally expected to see her own name.

But Goldberg, 55, who won an Oscar for her role in 1990’s Ghost, wasn’t mentioned at all in the story – and that smarted.

“I am embarrassed to tell you it hurt me terribly,” Goldberg said on The View Monday. “When you win an Academy Award, that’s part of what you’ve done, your legacy. I will always be Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg, and [I] have been dismissed and erased by The New York Times film critics, who should know better.”

Goldberg went on to list her accomplishments before blasting the critics for “sloppy” work. The article did, however, reference a slew of modern day African-American winners, including Halle Berry, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman, all of whom won the award after 2002.

“Not only am I an Academy Award winner,” she said, pausing to take out her statuette as the audience erupted in cheers and applause. “I have made over 50 films. I have been nominated twice – once for The Color Purple, once for Ghost. And I won for Ghost.”

“This is not hidden information, and to these two critics, who are the head critics of The New York Times … it’s hard not to take it personally,” she continued. “There’s a lot of stuff that people say and do but this is sloppy journalism.”

“People in Somalia know [about my Oscar win],” she continued. “People in China know.”

Later on Monday, a spokesperson for The Times responded to Goldberg’s rant in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “The error lies with those who are reading the story incorrectly,” the statement reads. “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.”

Continues the statement: “And the story states very clearly that in 73 years, prior to 2002, only seven black actors/actresses won Oscars.”