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Posted: January 25, 2016

Whoopi Goldberg calls for year-long focus on Oscars diversity

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Whoopi Goldberg attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters Cocktail Reception Red Carpet at the Four Seasons Restaurant on May 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Whoopi Goldberg attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters Cocktail Reception Red Carpet at the Four Seasons Restaurant on May 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

By Jennifer Brett

Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Whoopi Goldberg led a spirited discussion of the diversity missing from this year’s Oscars acting nominees on "The View" Monday morning, calling for a sustained focus on the issue.

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"This fight is only going to go on if people realize there’s an issue. Not just during the Academy Awards, during the year," she said. "That’s what’s going to make the change."

In response to widespread outrage over the lack of acting-nominee diversity the Academy announced a number of new guidelines aimed at change. "Selma" director Ava DuVernay applauded the move as a "one good step" in the right direction:

While some, including director Spike Lee and acting couple Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, are among those calling for boycott action, Ice Cube likened the Oscars outrage to "crying about not having enough icing on your cake."

"We don’t do movies for the industry," he said during an interview with Graham Norton. "We do movies for the fans, for the people, If the industry gives you a trophy or not, or pats you on the back or not, it’s nice, but it’s not something you should dwell on."

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