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Feb152011

Whoopi Goldberg Angered by Alleged 'New York Times' Oscar Snub

Photo Courtesy - Henry S. Dziekan III/ Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A New York Times article criticizing a perceived lack of racial diversity in Oscar winners is causing more headlines, for the wrong reason.

Whoopi Goldberg was left off the list of African-American winners and she took time on The View to vent Monday.

"It hurt me terribly," said Goldberg, who brought her Oscar to the set and placed it on the table before her.  "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 won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1991 for Ghost.

The New York Times is standing by its story, saying those who criticize it are misreading it.

In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, the newspaper's editors say, "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.  And the story states very clearly that in 73 years, prior to 2002, only seven black actors/actresses won Oscars."

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