Whoopi Goldberg - Whoopi Goldberg Made Mistake Say New York Times

WHOOPI GOLDBERG branded a recent piece in the New York Times "sloppy" after it failed to name her in a list of previous black OSCAR winners, however, the newspaper has responded by saying the actress made "an error"
WHOPPI GOLDBERG, the 55-year-old American actress, spoke of her "embarrassment" after being left off a list of black OSCAR honourees, however, the New York Times has reponded to Goldberg's outburst.During her slot as a host on 'The View', Goldberg raged on Monday (14th February 2011), "I am embarrassed to tell you, it hurt me terribly. 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...' It's very hard not to take it personally, but this is sloppy journalism because this is not a hidden thing". In their piece, writers MANOHLA DARGIS and A.O SCOTT seemed to suggest that over the past 73 years, only seven blacks actors have won OSCARS. They referenced triumphs by the likes of HALLE BERRY and DENZEL WASHINGTON, but failed to name Goldberg, who claimed the Best Supporting Actress prize for her performance in 1981's 'Ghost'.
However, the Times have reacted to Goldberg's fury, telling Entertainment Weekly, "The error lies with those who are reading the story incorrectly". The newspaper claims that it was merely drawing a comparison between the number of black actors/actresses who won prior to 2002, and those who have won since", adding, "The story states very clearly that in 73 years, prior to 2002, only seven black actors/actresses won Oscars".


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....I did read the rebuttal about Woopie Goldberg receiving an Oscar in 1981 for Ghost....and the New York Times clearly mentioning the year 2002 and before...well...1981 is before 2002...so I feel that the New York Times is in error...not Woopie..The point being.....why is the New York Times making such a big deal about 2002....when they should have recognized Woopie regardless of the year. It's the principal of the article. Woopie Won...and she definitely deserved to win. She's an incredible actress in 1981 and in 2011. We're lucky to be able to see her each day on The View. Her humor, her talent, her delivery is excellent...and her shoes are incredible.The New York Times owes Woopie an apology...
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Wow, it seems like the NY Times can't admit they screwed up. Unless I am wrong 1981 is before 2002, and what is the significance of 2002, did i miss something. It's not as if they used pre-civil rights act vs. post civil rights act a significant era to use as a point of reference. But 2002, what gives?
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First this story is not altogether accurate...Ghost was done in 1990, not 1981.
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correction, in your article, it states that Goldberg won in 1981, it was 1991
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I'm sorry, but it doesn't really matter WHEN the movie was made..fact still stands, whether the movie was made in 1981 or 1990/1991, it is STILL BEFORE 2002. And, obviously the editors of The NY Times don't know the meaning of the word 'prior'. They're trying to put the blame on Whoopi not reading the article correctly, when she obviously did. And, they obviously made a fool of themselves to anyone who knows what 'prior' means. NY times; find your balls, man up, and admit your mistake and fix it. Don't place blame on someone you obviously wronged and not admit to your mistake.
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OK, let's get it straight. The NY Times mentions 2002 because that was the year that Denzel Washington won the Oscar for Best Actor and Halle Berry won the Oscar for Best Actress. Yes, it was a milestone - the first time two African Americans won the top two categories for acting. The African American actors mentioned in the article were those who won Academy Awards after Denzel Washington and Halle Berry, that was the point. Whoopi Goldberg won her Academy award more than a decade before. Her Oscar wasn't relevant to the article. And in fact, even she realized that she made a mistake because she apologized to the NY Times.
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It looks like both the New York Times and the person who wrote this article do not know how to count. If Whoopi Goldberg won her award in 1981, then she should have been counted with the other seven people, because as the other people already pointed out 1981 is prior to 2002.
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