‘The Color Purple’ Marks 25 Years; Watch Whoopi’s Golden Globe Speech

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, December 17, 2010 at 8:30 am.

Tomorrow marks exactly 25 years since The Color Purple was released in the U.S. The movie featured a then-unknown Whoopi Goldberg in the starring role of Celie, an already established actor, Danny Glover, as Albert/Mister, and a local news anchor named Oprah Winfrey as Sofia.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Color Purple was originally met with bad reviews. Critics bashed Spielberg for straying far from the book and making the film too “soft.” Nonetheless, The Color Purple garnered 11 Oscar nominations and the fans spoke — this film is a classic.

The Color Purple was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. The book dealt with complex issues such as domestic abuse, homosexuality, sexism and racism. When Walker gave permission to remake the film, she insisted on three things: approval of the script, approval of the director (an already famous Steven Spielberg had to audition for Walker) and that the crew behind the scenes be at least 50 percent people of color.  All of these requests were met.

Famously, after 11 Oscar nominations – including Goldberg for best actress and Winfrey for best supporting actress — The Color Purple lost in every single category, even down to best makeup. Spielberg didn’t even receive a best director nod.

The Color Purple grossed over $94 million at the box office and was #4 in the yearly rankings for 1985. The film goes down in history as one of the few to feature an African-American cast and a high production budget. Twenty-four years later, we still haven’t seen anything quite like it… except for maybe Precious.

Watch Whoopi Goldberg’s vintage Golden Globe speech from 1986, where, just like Mo’Nique in 2010, she paid homage to the late, great Hattie McDaniel.

Also, click here for our recent interview with Desreta Jackson who played Young Celie.

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Comments

TAMIKA Said on

I DON’T THINK ANYONE CAN MAKE ANOTHER GREAT MOVIE LIKE THIS!!!!



pam Said on

I applaud Ms Walker for insisting on standing by her principles and taking control of her story. Some would have been so bowled over by a nod from hollywood they wouldve let them cast michelle phifer as celie…



Nesley Filsaime Said on

Good Morning! The Color Purple.



Eddie Smith Said on

Most good movies never win oscars anyway. Reason beign is because the academy is racist as hell. I mean titanic won 11 oscars. Then worse than that Cicely Tyson and Whoopi Goldberg lost for Sounder and the Color Purple(For not taking off their clothes) and then all of a sudden when Halle/hoe Berry takes off her clothes and screws a white man she becomes the first( and only up until this point) black woman to win in the category of best actress in a leading role. And don’t get me wrong, Training Day was a good film but compared to Malcolm X it wasn’t *@@~. And then they took away the oscar from Eddie Murphy cause they said that they didn’t like Norbit. So what if they didn’t like Norbit? I mean what does one film have to do with another ones ability to garnish awards for it’s self. They didn’t even give Angela Bassett the oscar for playing tina. And as far as I’m concerned, She is the best that hollywood has to offer. So is Eddie Murphy. But anyway to make a long story short, we as black people have to become owners of our own film companies and start to produce our own movies, because if we don’t, then we will always be limited to playing the same stereotypical roles of, Prostitutes, Thugs, Gangstas, Pimps, and Drug addicts. So @~$* the academy because me and my race are more than that, and as far as I am concerned, the color purple was one of the best films of the past century, and it will always stand the test of time kinda like the Wizard of oz..



Ravenv Said on

I love this movie



Ja'kaylaa Said on

I l0ve dis n0 b0dy cud n0t make an0ther m0vie like dis!



Birttany Said on

My favortie movie of all times



paul Said on

HOW CAN THEY PUT THIS MOVIE IN THE SAME CATEGORIE AS PRECIOUS. COLOR PURPLE IS A CLASSIC TO THIS DAY. PRECIOUS WILL FADE IN A YEAR. NOTHING BUT HYPE





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