In Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Goldberg gives the dramatic performance of her career as Celie, a poor woman in the early 1900s South who gives birth to two of her own father’s children in her teens and survives incredible abuse and bigotry. She preserves, holding onto her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. The affirmation at the end of the film is so joyous, no longer inspiring tears of despair but tears of happiness. The film has the distinction of being the most Oscar-nominated movie in history to not take home a single gold statue, including one for Goldberg who deserved the award that year.

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