Q: Whoopi Goldberg received a Best Actress Oscar® nomination for her role in which 1985 adaptation of an Alice Walker novel? Still, she would have to wait until 1991 to earn the "O" in her EGOT. (That year she won Best Supporting Actress for Ghost.)
A: The Color Purple
In The Color Purple, Goldberg played Celie, a young woman who has grown up in rural Georgia, navigating a childhood of ceaseless abuse. In the Steven Spielberg film based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel of the same name, we join Celie on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment through the guiding light of a few strong women and her own implacable will to find harmony with herself and her home.