This year's Oscars are still officially free for the second time in 90 years, but the rumor has begun to circulate that quadruple host Whoopi Goldberg could become a surprise favorite on the Sunday night show.
Goldberg was absent from his regular duties of presenting the day show The View, broadcast in the United States on ABC, the same network broadcasting the Oscars.
Goldberg was the first woman to host the Oscars solo in 1994 and took over the role in 1996, 1999 and 2002. The four releases were well received by critics and audiences, with highlights like a Moulin Rouge entry on a swing and a bend disguised as Queen tudor the year when Elizabeth of Cate Blanchett was toasting to the city.
Earlier this week, Vanity Fair, which has close ties to the Oscars, released a clip of Goldberg's 1999 Twitter efforts.
Before the Academy first appeared at Goldberg, she had already marked the history of the Oscars as the first African-American woman to win two nominations. After losing in 1986, for The Color Purple, Goldberg was voted best supporting actress in 1991 for Ghost.
Kevin Hart was nominated to host the 2019 ceremony in December, but resigned three days later, as a result of anger over the homophobic remarks he had made in the past. Before and after his departure, Goldberg was interested in a position that few people were willing to consider.
Speaking about The View, the Academy was considering relying on a varied list of presenters rather than a single moderator, said Goldberg: "If you want to stay without a host, that's the only thing you can do. 39 is your prerogative. I think it's a stupid idea. People need someone to help them get through things. I think it must be someone who likes movies. "
She continued to downplay her own chances of being that one. "I realize that I am perhaps the first choice of anybody," she said. "I'm so problematic!" More recently, she said she hoped the Queen group would open the show – which has been confirmed.
However, others have been less skeptical Goldberg's absence in The View, highlighting his frequent coughing and the fact that his co-host, Abby Huntsman, is pregnant.
Goldberg was one of those who defended the actor Liam Neeson, after confessing in an interview that he had wandered the streets for a week 40 years ago, in search of & # 39; 39, a "black bastard" to kill after a black man raped a friend.
"People sometimes roam, that's what happens," Goldberg said. "Is he a bigot? No, I've known him for quite a long time, I think I would have recognized … I've lived a lot of real bigots. I can say that this man is not one.
She added, "You can not be surprised that someone whose attache is attacked or angry and wants to attack. What he then said … it was that he realized that it was too dark for him, he went for help.