It's Alfre. And she should have three Oscars by now.
Yes, she needs an Oscar because she's a great actress? What's the deal with giving people like Octavia whatshername an Oscar when Woodard doesn't have one?
Still think her performance in" Crooklyn" should of gotten her at least a nom.
...because she's a great actress.
and Passion Fish was a great performance too....Cross Creek is just wondrful stuff....when she runs out to see Steenburgen after Steenburgen has been out on the lake all night, wonderful stuff
Spencer herself got good reviews for Snowpiercer and Fruitvale Station. Naomie Harris looks strong as Winnie Mandela in the trailer I saw the other night. This will be a good year for African-American actresses.
We should take the Oscars of Hilary Swank, Paul Haggis, Roberto Benigni, Kevin Costner, Cher, Penelope Cruz and Marlee Marlin and redistribute the wealth Robin Hood style.
Mostly Hilary Swank.
Cher was good in Moonstruck.
Turn in your gay card r7.
Please take Kevin Costner's dancing with wolves Oscar and give it to Martin Scorsese for Goodfellas. That is all.
Start your own Oscar swapping thread, this is about Alfre!!!!!!!!
Alfre is a tremendous actress who deserves an Oscar.
She never hits a false note. Never. Not even when she was on 'Saint Elsewhere' did she hit a false note.
Alfre motherfucking Woodard deserves an Oscar whereas Oprah wants to buy one.
[quote]She never hits a false note. Never. Not even when she was on 'Saint Elsewhere' did she hit a false note.
Why do you single out St. Elsewhere? Was that a bad show?
Viola's time will come. I'd never even heard of her until The Help two years ago. Alfre's been around for ages putting in really fine performances, she's more than overdue.
Oprah should be happy to even attend the Oscars. (loved you though in The Butler, O)
poor bitter Viola.
Doesn't she realize most white actresses of a certain age (me excluded) don't work either?
Oprah looks like she wants to smack her.
I never really noticed before but Viola seems kind of butch.
Did she play field hockey in high school?
I've seen Viola up close. Very pretty and doesn't relax her hair. Fine ass husband, too. I certainly didn't get a Jada me Will vibe from them. She hates the publicity machine which is probably why her career has been a slow ascension.
Dear Marisa--You wre very deserving, as comedy is usually overlooked. Also, all those Brits were shocked when you won.
12 DAYS a slave ?
It's still traumatic, but at least his children should recognize him when he comes home...
Actually she was mocked for her over publicizing and over zealous Tony and Oscar Campaigns. Turned Oscar people off and they voted for M.
You've got to be kidding, R22. She turned them off but they weren't turned off by Melissa Leo???
Alfre Woodward pretty much shines in everything she does.
I mean Viola not Alfre
Melissa Leo's antics only started late in the balloting season after most people had already voted.
I bought she should have won for How To Make An American Quilt.
She was particularly good in Heart and Souls. The emotional scene where she finds her son:
Won't O get an underserving Oscar nomination in the Best Actress category?
I was not impressed with her or The Butler..
I hate how Octavia, Hilary and Marissa get bad Oscar reps....
All the pre-Oscar advertising is pushing Oprah for a supporting nomination.
Well, she's been supporting ME for decades.
R7, Swank actually deserves her Oscars. She has been amazing, like out of this world amazing, in exactly two roles, and shitty in everything else. But she earned those Oscars.
But I agree with everyone else. Woodard is simply one of the best actresses of her generation. Easily.
Wasn't it LA Law where she played a cancer victim suing for something?
I only vaguely remember the show but I remember her being brilliant.
"Miss Ever's Boys" is on You Tube for anyone who hasn't seen it. Her performance is stunning. You will weep. The Tuskegee experiments, fictionalized through one woman's life. "They were susceptible to kindness."
Alfre Woodard should have played Tina Turner too. I guess it is debatable, but I know I am right. Angela Bassett was not alive or musical in the body of Tina Turner, though she acted scenes very well. Alfree was the better choice, but I guess not pretty enough or box office. She looks more like Tina than Bassett does and is a much better actress... I digress.
She is a great actress, a bit painterly, but there is a beating heart in all of her performances. You don't always get this with the classically trained greats. She is one of them, along with Meryl and Viola of course.
I can't wait to see 12 Days a Slave. I don't care who wins Academy Awards, but Woodard has the power, grace, humanity and talent to overcome more expected winners. She would like it I am sure. I think Blanchett has already won.
on a side note I never understood why Angela Basset got so buff for that role,Tina Turner was never cut like that.
Sorry, bitches; you know exactly who's hot right now. If anyone wins for 12 Days, it's going to be me.
Actually the reviews say Michael Fassbender is a lock for a supporting nod
Whoops! Thank you, r40; it's so hard to keep my many star turns straight.
Lupita Nyong'o is said to be stunning in the film. Is she brand new? Never heard of her.
Nyong'o plays a suicidal young slave girl named Patsey, the primary target of Fassbender's evil plantation owner. It's her film debut. Hello Oscar.
Note to all white actors: none of you will win an Oscar this year. This is the year of the black performer. Not only were their performances excellent, but we will feel good about giving them a prize to make up for Trayvon and to try to calm down all of the racial unrest.
Engrave " The Butler" Oscar now.
Alfre steals the show in "Miss Firecracker."
The whole cast is wonderful, but I got such a kick out of "Popeye."
Let's not forget her stunning performance in STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT, when she tells off Picard and "breaks his little ships".
We have a 12 years shill now?
Lupita is a friend of a friend. My friend says she finished some movie with Liam Neeson but she's in a weird phase right now where she needs to wait for the 12 years hoopla to start before she starts getting sent the good stuff (or whatever it is that passes for good stuff for black actresses).
She and her team know the part is a breakout, but that whatever comes next is as equally important to her career.
Michael Fassbender had some nice things to say about Lupita:
[quote]Speaking of making the most of an opportunity, Fassbender was quick to note how impressed he was by newcomer Lupita N'yongo, who revs into an equally intense portrayal. "She came into the first rehearsal that we did and she just gave it everything and had the courage to lay it on the table, and perhaps fall flat on her face, but go for it," he said. "I was like, 'Shit, I better do my homework. This is the hunger of somebody new, somebody seeing the opportunity and taking it with both hands.'
[quote]Still think her performance in" Crooklyn" should of
It's refreshing to hear somebody like Fassbender say that. I find in London when I go into a rehearsal room like that, the British actors are really intimidated and start wrong-footing their performance to ruin and upstage mine. Then the work becomes more of a tug of war.
I really long to get a better grade of work and work with truly creative people rather than those clawing away at the bottom rung of the ladder.
OP, I read the review.
First of all, the movie is called 12 Years A Slave.
Second, although I don't doubt Woodard might be very good in the movie (she's a great actress after all), the review barely mentions her.
But you've probably just succeeded at putting the idea into everyone's head that Woodard's performance in the movie is very significant and will get oscar buzz.
This is DL, where all it takes is a headline for people to adopt its premise and run with it.
Most of reviews talk mainly about Lupita Nyong'o and Sarah Paulson in supporting female roles. I'm not saying that Alfre is not great in the movie, but she is not talked about in reviews as a potential nominee.
Most reviewers talk mainly about Ejiofor for Best Actor, Fassbender for Best Supporting Actor, Nyong'o for Best Supporting Actress and sometimes they add Paulson in the mix.
R13 She was great in St Elsewhere. She was totally wasted on Desperate Housewives though. You would have thought when they had an actress of that cailbre they could get together and write her some much better material.
Alfre is now appearing in the BBC America series "Copper" -- a truly mediocre show that is elevated to something more whenever her character speaks.
Wall Street Journal Blog: Alfre Woodard on the Business of Bondage and 'Twelve Years A Slave'
Hattie-first African American winner-slave/housekeeper
Alfre and Lupita-slave/housekeeper
Rarely do we see white domestic workers being portrayed in the movies?
To be fair movies about Af Am slavery and Af Am servitude are like Holocaust movies:
It's the United States' defining trauma and an ongoing culture of victimization, the perennial appeal of the slave master villain, and an American desire to have entertainment mixed with education.
Halle Berry played a waitress. Whoopi and Oprah married into the farm in The Color Purple. If you're going to be a rag and say something unimportant about film acting, then get you're shit right. We're looking at human characters here, not professionals.
I believe Lupita N. will win the supporting actress oscar. It sounds like a heartbreakingly poignant role. If she nails it at all, sounds like the oscar is hers to lose.
Whoopi won as a psychic.
In retrospect, Alfre would have made a much better Sophia. Oprah played her too broadly.
Oprahs only a housekeeper in the sense of being a housewife in The Butler.
I wonder if Alfre is related to Joanne Woodard?
Wasn't Joanne's father supposedly one half (or one quarter) black? She might be Alfre's aunt, or cousin!
[quote] Most reviewers talk mainly about Ejiofor for Best Actor, Fassbender for Best Supporting Actor, Nyong'o for Best Supporting Actress and sometimes they add Paulson in the mix.
True. I've never seen anyone else singled out. It must infuriate the Cumberbatchians!
alfre and charlayne woodard are half-cousin, and half niece respectively of joanne woodard.
Alfre Woodard really, really shines in this scene.
I love Alfree. She's one of my favorite actresses and she's so underrated. If she beats out Oprah she may never work again.
"Hattie-first African American winner-slave/housekeeper
Alfre and Lupita-slave/housekeeper"
Whoopi won for playing a psychic, Mo'nique won for playing a non-domestic crazy monster of a mother, Halle won for playing a woman who was not a housekeeper, Oprah was nominated first for playing a woman who was not a domestic and if nominated again this year it will be for a performance as a woman who was not a domestic, Angela and Diana were nominated for playing musical stars, Dorothy was nominated for playing a woman who works in a tobacco factory (originally a role for a white woman), Viola was nominated first for playing a mother of a boy believed to be abused and nominated second for playing a domestic employee, Beah Richards was nominated for playing a mother, not a domestic employee, Neither Gabourey nor Quvenzhane were playing domestic employees, they were playing kids, Cicely was nominated for playing a sharecropper family mother.
But don't let anything like the facts stop you, especially when you are making a ridiculous point. I'm not sure if it's that there shouldn't be movies about slaves and domestic employees who are black women, or that when black women play this roles well they shouldn't be rewarded with nominations or oscars - but either way it's pretty fucking ridiculous.
I'd rather play a maid than be one.
Latifah played "the biggest mother.... hen."
I'm glad to see some love here for Alfre Woodard. She is consistently great.
She really is great. Hasn't had the career she deserved but I suppose she's not the only one, dumb ol' Hollywood.
Do you think Michael Fassbender slipped her the Fassaconda? She looks a little dizzy.