This year’s Oscars are still officially host-free for the second time in their 90-year history, but a rumour has begun to circulate online that four-time host Whoopi Goldberg could emerge as a surprise frontrunner for Sunday night’s show.
Goldberg has been absent from her regular presenting duties on daytime show The View, which airs in the US on ABC, the same network which broadcasts the Academy Awards.
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Whoopi Goldberg's absence from The View (she's sick, they say) since the day after they announced her as an Oscar presenter+the fact that she's the only previous Oscar host listed as a presenter+she openly said on The View in January that she'd be up for hosting=???
Goldberg was the first woman to act as solo host of the Oscars, in 1994, and went on to repeat the role in 1996, 1999 and 2002. All four outings were well received by critics and audiences, with highlights including a Moulin Rouge-style entrance on a swing and a turn dressed as the tudor Queen the year Cate Blanchett’s Elizabeth was toast of the town.
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Earlier this week, Vanity Fair, which has close associations with the Academy Awards, posted a clip of Goldberg’s 1999 effort on Twitter.
Before the Academy first approached Goldberg to host, she had already made Oscars history as the first African American woman to land two nominations. After losing in 1986, for The Color Purple, Goldberg won best supporting actress in 1991 for Ghost.
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Kevin Hart was appointed to host the 2019 ceremony in December, but stepped down three days later in the wake of upset about homophobic comments he had made in the past. Before and after his departure, Goldberg expressed interest in taking on a gig...
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