Goldberg took to the stage at the Academy Awards in 1991 to pick up the prize for Best Supporting Actress, and it has now emerged she puffed on a joint to calm her nerves before her name was read out.
The actress, who spent years battling a raging drug addiction, makes the confession in video footage obtained by TMZ.com, allegedly taken a year after the awards during a 1992 voiceover session for her movie The Pagemaster.
She tells the camera, “I learned a great lesson though. Never smoke pot before there’s the possibility of having to talk to one hundred million people. Smoking cigarettes and pot every now and then are one thing that relaxes me and I thought, ‘I’ve got to relax.’
“So I smoked this joint that was the last of my home grown and honey, when he said my name and I popped up, I was like, ‘Oh f**k, oh f**k, up the stairs one two three four five, onto the podium. There’s millions of people, OK grab the statue.’ I knew I should have never had (sic) done it.”
The Sister Act star admits she later received a worried call from her mother, who asked about her speech, adding, “My mother called me afterwards and said, ‘You smoked didn’t you? Your eyes were just glistening.’
“So I panicked and got the Oscars tape to see whether you could tell and you just couldn’t. I know you’re not supposed to admit that you smoke pot but I don’t drink alcohol!”