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Whoopi Talks Oscars, Says Lack Of Black Nominees NOT A Trend

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Over the years, there's been plenty of talk that black nominees being left out of the Oscars is a trend.

Whoopi Goldberg does NOT agree with this, despite the fact that there are no black nominees in major categories for this year's Oscars.

Here's what Whoopi had to say about it:

"I don't know how it gets better. I think we're all right."

"This idea that there's something wrong, something missing, seemed very inaccurate to me, and it was, 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."

As always, Whoopi is not afraid to speak her mind. We're thinking lots of people will agree with her, but we also have a feeling there are LOTS of folks who will NOT agree. Definitely can be touchy subject matter.

What do U think? Is it a trend for black nominees to be missing at the Oscars?

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26 comments to “Whoopi Talks Oscars, Says Lack Of Black Nominees NOT A Trend”



  1. 1

    Ugh… whatever Lady Wetsherpants.



  2. 2

    Hollywood is run by racist jews.



  3. 3

    Why does it always have to be about race? How about the fact that there just weren't any movies made this year that featured black actors and were strong enough to be nominated? Seems like the logical deduction.



  4. 4

    If you believe in Halle Berry's one drop theory, Hailee Steinfeld's black. Her mother is of Filipino, African-American, and European-American lineage



  5. 5

    Re: Not my gumdrop buttons! – I agree! would people rather have a certain number of each race be nominated, or have it be whoever deserved it more? just because there was a lower number of african american actors nominated, doesn't mean it is racist. I'm tired of it!



  6. 6

    Re: lizzert
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    Touche!



  7. 7

    Perez, get off your soap box already. Can you name a single performance by a black actor last year that was worthy of being nominated? When did the Oscars become the Race Participation Awards?

  8. Blunt says – reply to this


    8

    See even whoopi thinks being nominated just for "race" is irrelevant. Monique won last year, who knows maybe next year a black actor/actress may win next year. You win some you lose some. Btw am i the only one who finds it odd there is rarely asian or latino winners? lol Guess hollywood is black and white only,right oprah/Speilberg?



  9. 9

    all i remember is the pissed off look on russel crowes and nicole kidmans face the year they got snubbed in favor of halle and another guy russ was passed over and so was nicole

    i think whoopie would know what shes talking about shes very clued up



  10. 10

    I'm sick of racial bullshit, COME TO AMERICA BECOME AMERICAN 1 RACE 1 NATION or STFU I'm sick of hearing crap. perhaps no one was good enough to get a nom. or should we just put people who made a real impression on the back burner because you WHOOPIE think your race isn't good enough to make it on their own and need help. the world is out to get you SHUT UP.



  11. 11

    With such Blockbusters as Why did I get married too? That's shocking!



  12. 12

    According to the US Census Bureau, in 2009 only 13% of the US population was black.

    Of course there aren't going to be as many films with black actors or black Oscar nominees. Sounds pretty logical to me.

  13. Tasos says – reply to this


    13

    Something is off. Whoopi seemed uncharacteristically moderate for as outspoken as she typically is. Maybe she was, because she is an Oscar recipient, would still like to be considered for movie roles, and implying that Hollywood is racist would not be a way to accomplish that objective. That said, it was surprising that Tyler Perry, "For Colored Girls", and its distinguished cast, which includes Goldberg, was overlooked or snubbed.



  14. 14

    Oh god.. Get over it Whoopi



  15. 15

    Excuse me. But didn't Halle Berry and Denzel win the same year? And when Jennifer Hudson won, wasn't she one of three Black Oscar winners that year?
    Which year was Terreence Howard nominated and when did Forrest Whittaker win his BA award? Or Jamie Foxx for Ray? It is not a rule that there has to be someone of African American descent nominated no matter what..
    I know Halle Berry did her usual outstanding job in a little film at the end of 2010. But she was late to the party, and there was no backing to throw her name in the hat. No $$$ for Oscar campaigning. She was barely able to meet the requirements of having it screened to the public in time for consideration.

    Maybe the issue is that there ought to be better movies and better roles. I'd personally love to see a day when they don't consider a person's race when they cast them.



  16. 16

    I personally find it astonishing that For Colored Girls has received absolutely no recognition. It was one of the most riveting stage plays ever written and was eloquently converted into a feature film hosting the largest cast of black actresses that Hollywood has ever seen.

    This was one film, and I'm sure that there are others who would agree, that "deserved" to be nominated. NOT because of the race of those involved but because there was something in the film that could touch a person anywhere. Dealing with PTSD, HIV, rape, religious fanatics.. everything. And yet it came and went being replaced by movies that hadn't even been released yet like 127 Hours and Black Swan?



  17. 17

    How about we just nominate people based on their talent instead of being racist and bringing the color of a persons skin into it?



  18. 18

    African-American people want to be treated "equally" but yet things like this get brought up that do nothing but seperate them. If you want to be treated like an equal, act like one! Don't moan and groan and throw a fit when there isn't "enough" A-A's included in something, it just contradicts the whole idea of people an "equal".



  19. 19

    We get it Whoopi. You're pissed because a journalist forgot to mention that you won an Oscar twenty years ago. I'm pretty sure the journalist apologized. Now how is it the Academy's fault that there are no African American nominees this year? There were no stand out nominees. There was no Jamie Foxx in Ray, or Halle Berry in Monster's Ball, or Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost. There were many run-of-the-mill, ho-hum performances that did not deserve Oscar nominations, and if we just give 'em out to be racially sensitive, the award no longer serves it's purpose. I'm telling you right now, Colin Firth isn't going to win the Oscar because he's white, but because he picked a good script and acted his ass off.



  20. 20

    Re: nikki007 – How many black people have you heard complaining about this? Quite frankly, I've only seen white people on television talking about the "lack of diversity in the Oscar field."

    I imagine many, if not most, AAs would agree with Whoopi on this.



  21. 21

    ive seen many a oscars go to black performers over the years that havent been deserving and the one time they actually only nominate people who deserve it, its all about the race. its should be about the talent people. if you dont like the fact that theres no black nominees, become an actor and earn them.



  22. 22

    Re: Lilygirl27 – …but yet Blacks seem to take up most of the spaces in prison, Welfare dollars, etc. Hmmm…why is this..???



  23. 23

    As a Black woman who LOVES film it does sadden me to see the the lack of diversity at the Oscars, not just lacks of Blacks, but all minorities. Even though Whites dominate Hollywood, there are still many talented, underrated actors of color who aren't being recognized becuase they're typecast. Now you can say an actor doesn't have to take the roles theyre given, but when you have bills to pay you do what you have to. However sadly, many times it is our fault as well. When Black directors, writers, producers do have a chance to write a film, it's always one that makes us look like bufoons (Madea, Lottery Ticket, Soul Plane). Of course those aren't Oscar worthy films. Theyre not even worthy of making it to the theater. Even so, you can't tell me there aren't more minorities deserving an Oscar (Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji B. Henson, Terrence Howard, Anthony Mackie, Alfre Woodard) And for all of you who talk about Black needing to get over slavery and stop complaining, I pity how ignorant and uneducated you are. I don't hear anyone saying Jews need to get over the holocaust. In less than 10 years, that event brain washed so many people and inspired so many to hate and will left a negative impact on how people view Jews. So how can ou say that about a group who were hated for over 300 years. Black began getting equal rights in 70's. We're still new to this country. Do you honestly think things are just perfect and fine now?



  24. 24

    i wish all this black and white will stop. why can't it just be about the performances?



  25. 25

    omg enough!!!!! why should they be nominated just to fill the role of a black nominee? if there is no stand out nominee then they shouldnt take the spot of someone who DESERVES IT!
    stop stirring up trouble perez.



  26. 26

    Why is it whenever award shows are discussed, people only talk about the lack of African American nominees? This may come as a shock to everybody, but there are other minorities in this country besides African Americans, yet, they're hardly ever mentioned. That's racism. Take a look at how Hollywood treats Asians, the most disrespected group in the entertainment industry. The first movie in Hollywood's history to feature two male Asian leads was "Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle," which came out in 2004. Yes, it took UNTIL 2004 for a Hollywood movie to feature two male Asian leads. That's a complete disgrace. And let's not forget how the practice of yellowface is still acceptable today and is not nearly as known as blackface. There's an upcoming film about Genghis Khan that stars Mickey Rourke. Now, let's say if there was an upcoming film about Martin Luther King, Jr. starring Tom Hanks. People would be up in arms about it. But, when Asians are involved, nobody gives a damn. So, please, don't act as if African Americans have it bad. There are other groups, particularly Asians, that have it far worse.