Whoopi Goldberg believes that the lack of black nominees in major categories at this year’s Academy Awards doesn’t reflect a trend in the film industry.
The actress, hosting the opening of an exhibit of Oscar statues inside New York’s Grand Central Terminal, said that five black actors have won Academy Awards since 2002.
“I don’t know how it gets better,” she said after posing for pictures. “I think we’re all right.”
Whoopi recently said on her show The View that she was upset about an article in The New York Times citing the lack of black nominees this year because it didn’t mention her supporting actress Oscar for 1990’s Ghost.
The Times said she misread the story and that it was not meant to be a comprehensive list of all actors who had won Oscars. The two-time Academy Award nominee, who has hosted the show four times, later apologised for calling the reporting sloppy.
She tried to clarify her comments on Wednesday, saying it was inaccurate to think there’s “something wrong” with the way blacks are represented at the Oscars. She said strides have been made since 1939, when Hattie McDaniel became the first black person to win an Oscar.
“This idea that there’s something wrong, something missing, seemed very inaccurate to me. And it was,” she said. “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.”
The exhibit will be open through Sunday, ending before the Oscars begin.