After the 2024 Oscar Nominations were announced on Tuesday, there were of course more than a fair share of snubs from this years nominees, one of the many films snubbed, The Color Purple (2023).
Some of the actors snubbed at this years Oscars include Barry Keoghan for Saltburn, Charles Melton for May December, Margot Robbie for Barbie, Willem Dafoe for Poor Things and Fantasia Barrino for The Color Purple.
The original film The Color Purple in 1985 received 11 Oscar nominations. Including Best Picture and 3 acting nominations. Considering Blitz Bazawule’s version of The Color Purple was a remake, of the 1985 film which in turn is based on the 1982 novel of the same name, you would think that The Color Purple would have Been Nominated for Adapted Screenplay at least. The film is a coming-of-age musical period drama about a woman named Celie (Barrino) who is torn apart from her sister and her children, Celie faces many hardships in life, including an abusive husband (Colman Domingo). With support from a sultry singer named Shug Avery (Taraji P. Henson), as well as her stand-her-ground stepdaughter (Danielle Brooks), Celie ultimately finds extraordinary strength in the unbreakable bonds of a new kind of sisterhood.
Currently, fans and celebrity supporters of the film Barbie have taken to social media to share their disappointment that Robbie and Greta Gerwig were snubbed for Best Actress and Achievement in Directing respectively, understandable considering the film was a billion dollar phenomenon. While unfortunate, one snub that is being overlooked is Barrino for Best Actress. One must look at Barrino’s brilliant and heartbreaking performance, a performance that truly elicits emotions from viewers while dealing with such harsh themes and wonder why she was not nominated as well, especially considering this particular category does not have a single black actress in it.
Although the film was excluded from every major category, The Color Purple did manage to secure a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Brooks who plays Sofia. In speaking to Deadline about her nomination she mentioned Fantasia as well, “I of course wish that my sister Fantasia [Barrino] could have had that moment as well, as our leading lady. She was phenomenal. But I’m grateful that I also get to share these moments with Colman [Domingo] for another movie [Rustin].” As Domingo who also stars in the Color Purple received a nomination for Best Actor for his film Rustin.
In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Brooks shared that she felt “Very humbled by all of it,” she also spoke about how she would be doing this for her Color Purple Family. “No one can do a project by themselves. I do not stand alone. There’s so many cast and crew who made this possible. I did not get here on my own. I can’t act by myself. I’m surely not holding boom mics and picking out costumes and doing choreography on my own. So, I just I just feel like I’m doing this for everybody. I’m hoping that we can garner a win for the efforts of everybody that was a part of this beautiful production.” Brooks is up against Emily Blunt (Oppenheimer), America Ferrera (Barbie), Jodie Foster (Nyad) and Da’Vine Joy Randolph (The Holdovers) for Best Supporting Actress.
What was your most suprising snub at the 202r Oscars? One thing to remember is, every snub is unfortunate, but they are not intentional.