Tribute to Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard Receives Inaugural Career Achievement Award at 4th Annual Toronto Black Film Festival  
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Alfre Woodard Receives TBFF Honors 2016

Award-winning actor Alfre Woodard (12 Years A Slave, Steel Magnolias) will receive the 2016 Toronto Black Film Festival's Inaugural Career Achievement Award on Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9PM at Jackman Hall - Art Gallery of Ontario. 

The Toronto Black Film Festival
 (TBFF), founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is dedicated to celebrating the very best in cinematic work dealing with the experiences of black people from diverse communities. TBFF provides an opportunity for filmmakers from all ethnic backgrounds to shine the spotlight on authentic stories that reflect the realities of black experiences.  

Presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank, TBFF is thrilled to grant Woodard this prestigious award in recognition of her legendary body of work. 

Woodard has won four Emmys, three SAG Awards, one Golden Globe, two Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award™ for her role in Cross Creek.

Her recent work includes: "Mistress Shaw" in 12 Years a Slave, "Evelyn" in Annabelle (the smash hit horror prequel to The Conjuring), "Ouiser" in Steel Magnolias, "Ruby Jean Reynolds" in True Blood, and "President Constance Peyton" in State of Affairs.

Some of Woodard’s iconic dramatic performances include her roles in: John Sayles' Passion Fish, Maya Angelou's Down in the Delta, as well as Mandela and Miss Evers' Boys (both for HBO Films). Other performances include her leading role in the Tyler Perry hit The Family That Preys, Beauty Shop with Queen Latifah, Lawrence Kasdan's Mumford, Spike Lee's Crooklyn, and Love & Basketball

"Alfre Woodard is an exceptionally talented, accomplished actress," said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of TBFF. "In a year when everyone's talking about the film industry's habit of not celebrating black talent, we are proud to honor a true trailblazer.

As part of the 2016 Black History Month Series, the award ceremony will precede the International premiere of the film Knucklehead, by Ben Bowman – also starring Woodard. Following the film screening, audience members will get a chance to participate in a Q&A session with the famed actress, the film director and lead actor Gbenga Akinnagbe.

The fourth annual TBFF runs February 10 – 14 and presents 44 films from 20 countries. For more information about tickets and the full talent lineup visit:

Photo caption: Alfre Woodard, Oscar-nominated actress (CNW Group/Toronto Black Film Festival/TBFF). Photo credit: Fabrizio Maltese

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