Whoopi Goldberg, you ain’t in danger, girl, of not being the top Best Supporting Actress winner of the 1990s! Goldberg won Gold Derby’s recent poll asking you to vote for your favorite Best Supporting Actress winner of the ’90s, and her scene-stealing performance as psychic Oda Mae Brown in “Ghost” was your clear choice.
Goldberg won with 27% of the vote, a healthy lead over runner-up Angelina Jolie for “Girl, Interrupted” at 18%. Marisa Tomei (“My Cousin Vinny”) wasn’t too far behind at 15%. From there it was a relatively significant drop-off, with Kim Basinger (“L.A. Confidential”), Anna Paquin (“The Piano”) and Dianne Wiest (“Bullets over Broadway”) each netting 8% of the vote. Judi Dench (“Shakespeare in Love”) was next at 7%, followed closely by Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”) at 6%. The lowest vote-getters included Mercedes Ruehl (“The Fisher King”) with 2% and Mira Sorvino (“Mighty Aphrodite”) in last at 1%.
Becoming just the second black actress to win an Oscar, Goldberg’s victory was a historic one, coming just over 50 years after Hattie McDaniel for “Gone with the Wind.” Goldberg was the first black actress to earn more than one nomination, earning a Best Actress nom in 1985 for “The Color Purple.”
Since her win she has not returned as a nominee, but she has hosted the Oscars four times, the most for any woman. She is also one of 12 entertainers to go full EGOT, winning the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Her two Emmys are for Best Special Class Special for “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel” and Best Talk Show Host for “The View.” Her Grammy is for Best Comedy Recording for “Whoopi Goldberg: Original Broadway Show Recording” while her Tony is for producing the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
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