Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) will be the special guest at the "Monday Nights with Oscar" (MNWO) screening of 1985 Best Picture nominee The Color Purple on Monday, April 16, 7PM, at the Academy Theater in New York City. Goldberg received and Academy Award nomination for her starring role in the Steven Spielberg-directed film, and will partake in a post-screening discussion.
Adapted from Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a young woman searching for her inner strength early in the 20th century, The Color Purple co-starred Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, and Oprah Winfrey, and received 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (Menno Myers), Best Actress (Goldberg), Best Supporting Actress (Avery, Winfrey), Best Original Song ("Miss Celie's Blues (Sister), by Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, and Lionel Richie) and Best Costume Design (Aggie Guerard Rodgers). The Color Purple was recently made into a Broadway show, and received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for "Outstanding Broadway Musical."
MNWO is a monthly series showcasing films that have been nominated for or won Academy Awards. The screening of The Color Purple will feature a newly struck print from the Academy Film Archive. The reservation list is currently full, but the MNWO hotline is accepting names for the waiting list. To add your name to the list, call 1-888-778-7575. Doors 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.
Photo of Whoopi Goldberg by Linda Lenzi