Whoopi Goldberg, the esteemed actress and co-host of “The View,” recently expressed her views on Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig being overlooked for Academy Award nominations. Her comments came during a segment on Wednesday’s episode of the talk show.
Goldberg, known for her iconic roles in films like “Ghost” and “Sister Act,” addressed the topic with her trademark candidness. “Here’s the deal: Everybody doesn’t win!” she declared, emphasizing the competitive nature of the film industry and awards.
The discussion included input from co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin, who highlighted the commercial success of “Barbie,” a film associated with Robbie and Gerwig. “Barbie grossed over $1 billion. Hello, studios, maybe hire more female directors if you want to produce blockbusters,” Griffin suggested, pointing out the potential for female directors to drive significant box office revenue.
Whoopi mentioned, “You don’t get everything you want to get.”
Griffin also raised a critical point about representation and recognition in the film industry. “We’re half the population, we turn out, we want to see these. Also, did they miss the whole moral of the story of Barbie? Of course, we celebrate just Ken, not the woman who’s the lead in it and the icon in it,” she remarked, referring to the tendency to overlook female achievements in favor of male counterparts.
Goldberg, responding to the conversation around Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig’s supposed snubs, reiterated her stance, “Everybody doesn’t win,” following co-host Sunny Hostin’s mention of the “snubs.” Goldberg went on to clarify her perspective on the situation. “Well, but they’re not snubs. And that’s what I want to sort of point out,” she said, suggesting that the lack of nominations should not necessarily be seen as a deliberate oversight.
She further explained the voting process within the Academy, emphasizing that it’s not just an elite group but the entire Academy Awards family that votes for Best Picture nominations. “We all vote for Best Picture, everybody,” Goldberg stated.
Continuing her explanation, Goldberg underlined the subjective nature of film and awards. “There are no snubs. That’s what you have to keep in mind: Not everybody gets a prize, and it is subjective. Movies are subjective,” she said. Goldberg reminded the audience that personal preferences play a significant role in the selection process. “The movies you love may not be loved by the people who are voting,” she added.
This conversation comes in the wake of Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig reportedly being excluded from this year’s Oscar nominations in the Best Actress and Best Director categories, respectively.