Monday, April 15, 2024

Barack Obama Snubs “The Color Purple,” Produced by Pal Oprah Winfrey, On His Annual Top 10 List of Best Films


You can’t count on anyone being loyal nowadays.

Former President Barack Obama has snubbed “The Color Purple” on his annual top 10 list of best movies.

That’s not really nice since his best pal and supporter, Oprah Winfrey, produced it and has been touting it all over the place.

Obama chose three movies he and his wife, Michelle, produced. They are “Rustin,” “American Symphony,” and “Leave the World Behind.” The third is kind of ridiculous, but alright. These were just appetizers.

The Top 10 are The Holdovers, American Fiction, Blackberry, Oppenheimer, Anatomy of a Fall, Oppenheimer, Monster, Past Lives, Air, Polite Society, and A Thousand and One.

Obama had no love for “Barbie” or “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

Leaving out “The Color Purple” may sting a little for Oprah. Also the movie has gotten rave reviews and is making money like crazy. It’s headed to the Oscars. Oprah has knocked herself out for Obama over the last 15 years. But that’s Hollywood — it’s a tough town!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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