Whoopi Goldberg looks back on her historic Oscar win for playing the iconic Oda Mae Brown in Ghost, which earned her the Best Supporting Actress trophy at the 1991 Academy Awards.
Goldberg, 65, not only became the first black woman to receive an Oscar in over 50 years when she won, but was then unwittingly on her way to becoming the first black female EGOT winner (a term given to performers who have received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony Award – which was conceived in a 2009 episode of 30 Rock.)
Appears on the cover of Variety MagazineIn the Hollywood Royalty issue for an Oscars 2021 special, Goldberg revealed how her mom stayed home so she wouldn’t ‘ruin’ her chances, how she took her fellow nominees out to dinner afterward, and what goes into finding the right dress for the memorable occasion.
Hollywood Royalty! Whoopi Goldberg, 65, looks regal when she appears on the cover of Variety Magazine’s 2021 Oscars Special Edition, looking back on the 30th anniversary of her victory
‘I couldn’t look glamorous the way other people look glamorous. I wasn’t skinny and I wasn’t a white lady, so I had to find my own style, ”Goldberg told the publication.
The actor opted for a black sequined dress from seasoned costume designer Nolan Miller, who had collaborated with Goldberg’s mentor and friend Elizabeth Taylor.
Impressed with the end result, Goldberg told Variety, looking back at her ensemble: “I looked really good. My hair was cool. Dress was cute. ‘
While watching her acceptance speech during the interview, Goldberg noted that it was “ great ” to see her brother Clyde Johnson (who died in 2015) and daughter Alex Martin, 47.
‘I wasn’t skinny or a white lady’: Whoopi said she had to ‘find her own style’ for the event, where she wore a black sequined dress by seasoned costume designer Nolan Miller
Stunning Dress: Impressed with the end result, Goldberg told Variety, looking back at her ensemble, “ I looked really good. My hair was cool. Dress was cute. ‘
‘[I remember] Just be happy to be there, get the speech out of the way and get off the podium, ‘Goldberg explained, also revealing that she was taking her fellow nominees for dinner, including Annette Bening.
Goldberg added, ‘Any of us could have taken it, and I don’t think anyone would have been angry with anyone else. Sometimes you look at actors and you know, ‘Oh, he’s mad,’ but with us it was just ‘Whoever wins, pays, that’s all I know. Free food. ”
Elsewhere in the lengthy interview, Goldberg hits the highs and lows of her movie career – especially when she became Hollywood’s highest-paid female star for 1993’s Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, for which she received $ 12 million.
‘That took 25 minutes, and then it was gone. I’m really glad I was one of the first to break or crack that tiny ceiling, ”she said.
Fighting for the part: Whoopi says in the interview, and has previously stated, that actor Patrick Swayze fought for her to play in the 1990 film Ghost.
The star – who is also a popular presenter of The View during the day – teased the highly anticipated Sister Act 3 movie for Disney + and said she would love it if some of the original cast members returned, including Lauryn Hill.
She also spoke about her friendship with Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, who was a mentor to Goldberg and often provided her career advice.
Goldberg says in the interview that Taylor once told her, ‘You and I know you can do anything, but you’re black, so it’s going to be harder for people to believe,’ adding, ‘It’s going to go up and down. If you have a way of seeing where you have been, then you can’t give up when times are tough. ‘
What’s next: In the interview, Whoopi teased her next project Sister Act 3 for Disney +