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Kim Wayans, Shailene Woodley: Governors Awards' Supporting Oscar Contender

Kim Wayans Governors AwardsKim Wayans at Governors Awards.

Kim Wayans at Academy's Governors Awards

Pictured above is actress Kim Wayans arriving at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2011 Governors Awards, held in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Two black performers were honored this year.

James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar recipient, as he's co-starring opposite Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage.

TV celebrity Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple and a sometime film producer (Beloved, Precious), was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Additionally, veteran make-up artist Dick Smith (Starman, Altered States, The Exorcist) was in attendance to receive his Honorary Oscar. The Exorcist star Linda Blair introduced Smith's segment.

Kim Wayans movies

Mostly a television performer, Kim Wayans has been featured in a mere ten films in the last quarter of a century. Titles include:

  • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988).
    Dir.: Keenen Ivory Wayans (Kim's brother).
    Cast: Keenen Ivory Wayans. Bernie Casey. Antonio Fargas. Steve James. Isaac Hayes. Jim Brown. John Vernon. Ja'net DuBois. Clu Gulager. Damon Wayans (another brother). Robert Colbert. Kim Wayans (minor role).
  • Talking About Sex (1994).
    Dir.: Aaron Speiser.
    Cast: Kim Wayans. Daniel Beer. Randy Powell.
  • A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994).
    Dir.: Keenen Ivory Wayans.
    Cast: Keenen Ivory Wayans. Charles S. Dutton. Jada Pinkett Smith. Kim Wayans (minor role).
  • Critics and Other Freaks (1997).
    Dir.: Ernie Mirich.
    Cast: Kim Wayans. David Gianopoulos. Zelda Rubinstein. William Sanderson.

On TV, Wayans is best known for the series In the House and In Living Color.

Kim Wayans photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.

Shailene Woodley Oscar Hopeful Best Supporting ActressShailene Woodley: Best Supporting Actress Oscar hopeful.

Oscar hopeful Shailene Woodley at Governors Awards

Actress Shailene Woodley, one of George Clooney's co-stars in Alexander Payne's The Descendants, is seen at the 2011 Governors Awards' Red Carpet outside the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood.

Shailene Woodley is a potential Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee for her performance in The Descendants. The film itself, George Clooney, and director/co-screenwriter Payne are almost sure to be shortlisted come Oscar time. Woodley's chances are a bit more fuzzy, as competition can be fierce in that particular category.

Shailene Woodley movies

Shailene Woodley, who has just turned 21, has been in show business – mostly on television – since before the start of the 21st century. Besides The Descendants, she has only two other film credits:

  • The short Our Deal (2011).
    Dir.: Drew Barrymore.
    Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz. Tyler Posey. Miranda Cosgrove. Shailene Woodley. Donald Glover. Alia Shawkat. Drew Barrymore.
  • The comedy-drama Moola (2007).
    Dir.: Don Most.
    Cast: William Mapother. Treat Williams. Charlotte Ross. Efren Ramirez. Curtis Armstrong. Daniel Baldwin. Doug Hutchison. Shailene Woodley.

Woodley's TV credits include recurring roles in The O.C. and Crossing Jordan, in addition to the lead in the series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, in which she plays Amy Juergens opposite Ken Baumann and Daren Kagasoff.

Shailene Woodley photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.


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