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12 Years a Slave (2013)

Alfre Woodard as "Mistress Shaw"

In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Steel Magnolias (2012)

Alfre Woodard as "Ouiser"

Six Louisiana women (Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Adepero Oduye) gather at a beauty salon for their daily dose of female bonding.

Emmy (Primetime) (2012) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Desperate Housewives (2004)

Behind the facade of a postcard-perfect subdivision live four women whose lives are anything but idyllic. Klutzy Susan is divorced and the mother of teenage Julie. Lynette is married to Tom and the frazzled mother of four rambunctious children. Bree is the neighborhood's Martha Stewart, whose perfection masks major dysfunction. Ex-model Gabrielle, married to handsome and successful Carlos, wants to have her cake and eat it too. Looking down on it all is Mary Alice, who took her own life but comments on the lives of her former neighbors.

Emmy (Primetime) (2006) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Holiday Heart (2000)

Alfre Woodard as "Wanda"

After losing his police officer lover, Christian drag queen Holiday Heart (Ving Rhames) meets 12-year-old Niki (Jessika Quynn Reynolds) and her drug-addicted mother, Wanda (Alfre Woodard). Heart finds relief from heartache and a renewed sense of purpose when he steps in as a father figure to Niki and welcomes the two women into his life. But when Wanda becomes romantically involved with her drug dealer, Silas, it may endanger Niki and threaten to destroy the makeshift family.

Golden Globe (2000) Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Gulliver's Travels (1996)

A shipwrecked 18th-century English physician recalls an odyssey that took him to four bizarre lands. From Jonathan Swift's book.

Emmy (Primetime) (1996) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Passion Fish (1992)

Alfre Woodard as "Chantelle"

After soap opera actress May-Alice Culhane (Mary McDonnell) has a car accident, she is paralyzed and forced into a wheelchair. She retreats to her family's vacant home in Louisiana and indulges in alcohol and self-pity. When nursing aides come to help, May-Alice unleashes her anger, prompting each to quit. Chantelle (Alfre Woodard), a nurse who desperately needs the job, arrives determined to change May-Alice's outlook. As the two women become friends, they help each other cope with challenges.

Golden Globe (1992) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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