Actress Elizabeth Banks blasted director Steven Spielberg for never making any movies with female leads .. evidently forgetting all about “The Color Purple.”
After Twitter let her have it, she posted an apology.
The reference to Belafonte alludes to her dismissive statement when Belafonte pointed out “The Color Purple,” starring Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery. The 1985 movie was based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, set in rural Georgia (although it filmed in North Carolina).
It cleaned up at the Oscars, with 10 trophies. The Academy Awards hardware included best picture, best actress and supporting actress trophies for Goldberg, Winfrey and Avery, best music, best original song, best makeup, best cinematography, best costume design, best art direction and on and on. It was a Golden Globes champ as well.
The Wrap carried Banks’ indignant remarks, made during a Women in Film awards event: “I went to ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Jaws’ and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made, and by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead. Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out but it’s true.”
Spielberg’s other female-lead pictures included “The Sugarland Express,” a 1974 crime drama starring Goldie Hawn, and the 2016 young-adult fantasy film “The BFG,” with Ruby Barnhill starring as a brave young orphan who befriends the Big Friendly Giant.
Banks’ gaffe prompted quite a bit of Twitter creativity: