Whoopi Goldberg to Discuss â€œThe Color Purpleâ€ in NYC
New York, NY(rushprnews) April 9, 2007 – â€“ Whoopi Goldberg will be the special guest at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencesâ€™ â€œMonday Nights with OscarÂ®â€ (MNWO) screening of the 1985 Best Picture nominee â€œThe Color Purpleâ€ on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City.
Goldberg, who received an Academy AwardÂ® nomination for her performance in the lead role of Celie, will participate in a post-screening conversation about the film. The actress subsequently won an Oscar for her supporting performance in â€œGhostâ€ (1990) and served as host of the 66th, 68th, 71st and 74th Academy AwardsÂ® presentations.
Adapted from Alice Walkerâ€™s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and directed by Steven Spielberg, â€œThe Color Purpleâ€ tells the story of a young womanâ€™s search for inner strength and self-worth in the early 1900s. The film also stars Danny Glover as Albert and Margaret Avery as Shug, Albertâ€™s one-time love interest and ultimately the catalyst for Celieâ€™s life-changing discoveries. Oprah Winfrey made her feature film debut as Sofia.
The film received 11 Academy Award nominations: Actress in a Leading Role (Goldberg), Actress in a Supporting Role (Avery), Actress in a Supporting Role (Winfrey), Art Direction (J. Michael Riva, Robert W. Welch; Set Decoration: Linda DeScenna), Cinematography (Allen Daviau), Costume Design (Aggie Guerard Rodgers), Makeup (Ken Chase), MusiÑ â€“ Original score (Quincy Jones, Jeremy Lubbock, Rod Temperton, Caiphus Semenya, Andrae Crouch, Chris Boardman, Jorge Calandrelli, Joel Rosenbaum, Fred Steiner, Jack Hayes, Jerry Hey, Randy Kerber), Music â€“ Original song (â€œMiss Celieâ€™s Blues [Sister],â€ Music by Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton; Lyric by Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Lionel Richie), Best Picture (Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Quincy Jones, producers), Writing â€“ Screenplay based on material from another medium (Menno Meyjes).
â€œThe Color Purpleâ€ shares the record for most Academy Award nominations without a win. Only one other film, â€œThe Turning Pointâ€ (1977), has earned as many nominations without winning in any of the categories.
MNWO is a monthly series showcasing high-quality prints of films that have been nominated for or won Academy Awards. This screening will feature a newly struck print from the Academy Film Archive.
Though the reservation list is currently full, the MNWO hotline is accepting names for the waiting list. Please call 1-888-778-7575 to add your name to that list. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the screening are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.
The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City.
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