“Great To Be Nominated” to Feature”The Color Purple”

Oprah in The Color Purple“Great To Be Nominated” to Feature”The Color Purple” 
“The Color Purple,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, received a total of 11 Academy Award® nominations and introduced film audiences to Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Beverly Hills, CA (rushprnews) June 19, 2007 — The 1985 Best Picture nominee “The Color Purple” will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Great To Be Nominated” series.

The story of a young African-American woman’s struggle for identity and self-worth while coming of age in the early 1900s will screen on Monday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Oscar® nominees Margaret Avery (“Shug Avery”), Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, two of the film’s producers, will join Desreta Jackson (“Young Celie”) and supervising sound editor Richard L. Anderson for a panel discussion following the film.

“The Color Purple,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, received a total of 11 Academy Award® nominations and introduced film audiences to Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.

The film received nominations for Best Picture (Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Quincy Jones, producers), Actress in a Leading Role (Goldberg as “Celie”), Actress in a Supporting Role (Avery), Actress in a Supporting Role (Winfrey as “Sofia”), Art Direction (J. Michael Riva, Robert W. Welch; Set Decoration: Linda DeScenna), Cinematography (Allen Daviau), Costume Design (Aggie Guerard Rodgers), Makeup (Ken Chase), Music 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 Original Song (“Miss Celie’s Blues [Sister],” Music by Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton; Lyric by Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton and Lionel Richie), and Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (Menno Meyjes).
The Oscar-nominated live action short “The Big Snit” will be screened prior to the feature.

Passes for the remaining screenings in part four of “Great To Be Nominated” are $30 for the general public and $25 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. A $5 discount is available for those who wish to renew their passes from parts one, two or three of the series. Individual tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Passes and tickets may be purchased by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets also may be purchased online at www.oscars.org/events. There are no minimum order requirements and no transaction or processing fees. Tickets may be purchased online until noon PST on the day of the event.
Curtain time for all features is 7:30 p.m., and pre-show elements will begin at 7 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

CONTACT: Tarrah Curtis – (310) 247-3090
                         tcurtis@oscars.org

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