awards & nominations

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill (2016)

Audra McDonald plays Billie Holiday in an adaptation of the Broadway play filmed before a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans.

Emmy (Primetime) (2016)NominatedOutstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

A Raisin in the Sun (2008)

Audra McDonald as "Ruth Younger"

Lena Younger (Phylicia Rashad) receives a settlement from her husband's life insurance policy and then must decide what to do with the money. She wants to move out of their apartment into a house in a more genteel neighborhood. Her eldest son, Walter (Sean Combs), aspires to be an entrepreneur. Daughter Beneatha (Sanaa Lathan) hopes to go to medical school. Though their aspirations collide, they try to find a way to retain their family's cohesion.

Emmy (Primetime) (2008)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Wit (2001)

Audra McDonald as "Susie Monahan"

Professor Vivian Bearing (Emma Thompson), an expert on the work of 17th-century British poet John Donne, has spent her adult life contemplating religion and death as literary motifs. Diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer, she consents to an aggressive and experimental form of chemotherapy administered by Dr. Kelekian (Christopher Lloyd) and his assistant, Dr. Posner (Jonathan M. Woodward), her former student. Facing death on a personal level, she reflects on her life and work.

Emmy (Primetime) (2001)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie