awards & nominations

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)NominatedOutstanding 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)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Desperate Housewives (2004)

Alfre Woodard as "Betty Applewhite"

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)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006)WonOutstanding 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)NominatedBest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Miss Evers' Boys (1997)

Alfre Woodard as "Eunice Evers"

When nurse Eunice Evers (Alfre Woodard) is chosen to facilitate a program intended to curb syphilis rates among African Americans in rural Alabama, she is gratified to be able to serve her community. Over time, however, the study becomes twisted into a shocking human experiment in which patients are systematically denied much-needed medicine. Decades after the fact, Evers is called before a Senate committee to testify as to what really happened during the infamous "Tuskegee Study."

Golden Globe (1998)WonBest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Emmy (Primetime) (1997)WonOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)WonOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

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)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

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