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JAMES WOODS ' exceptional career continues to build in power and range with each performance he offers
JAMES WOODS ' exceptional career continues to build in
power and range with each performance he offers. That it has been
a spectacular decade for the star is reflected in his recent selection
as one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Greatest Actors of the '90s.
Recent roles include a chillingly uncompromising Academy Award®-nominated
portrait of civil rights activist Medgar Evers' assassin, Byron
De La Beckwith, in Rob Reiner's Ghosts of Mississippi;
the comic voice of Hades in Disney's Hercules; and an impressive
turn opposite Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey in Robert Zemeckis'
thought-provoking Contact, based on Carl Sagan's best-selling
science fiction novel.
His recent work has garnered a shower of honors including the
Golden Satellite Award for his lead performance in the independent
feature, Killer-A Journal of Murder and Golden Globe nominations
for both the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie "The
Summer of Ben Tyler" and Ghosts of Mississippi. In Ben Tyler,
Woods played the antithesis of the monster he created in Ghosts,
a man who adopts a retarded black child in the segregated South
of the 1940s.
The caliber of his work has attracted a number of the world's
finest directors. For Martin Scorsese, he appeared in Casino
and Kicked in the Head and for Oliver Stone he starred
in Nixon and the film that landed him his first Academy
Award® nomination, Salvador.
During Woods' two decades of motion picture and television performances,
he has moved effortlessly from big box-office studio films to
festival-celebrated independent features, from comedy to drama.
His versatility and range is reflected in his roles as White House
Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman in Nixon, a sleazy Las Vegas
pimp in Casino, comedic performances in The Hard Way
with Michael J. Fox and Immediate Family opposite Glenn
Close, as well as his acclaimed television performances in "Indictment-The
McMartin Trial" and HBO's "Citizen Cohn," in which
he captured the ruthless essence of McCarthy Committee Counsel
Woods' portraits of controversial real-life figures began with
his portrayal of cop killer Gregory Powell in Harold Becker's
1977 film The Onion Field and has continued with his roles
as Haldeman, Beckwith, Cohn and serial killer Carl Panzram in
Killer. His performance in "Citizen Cohn" remains
one of the most enthusiastically reviewed performances in the
medium's history, earning him the first American Television Award
Best Actor Trophy (voted by the nation's critics), the Peabody
Award and nominations for virtually every other relevant award.
Similarly, "Jane's House," in which he starred, was
one of the highest-rated television movies in many seasons.
Woods received his first Academy Award® nomination and the
Independent Film Project's Spirit Award as Best Actor for Oliver
Stone's Salvador. During that same year, he received the
Golden Globe Award, the Golden Apple Award and an Emmy for his
performance in the Hallmark Hall of fame production of "Promise."
He received another Golden Globe nomination for NBC's "In
Love and War." His films that year also included The Boost
and Best Seller.
In addition to winning an Emmy for his portrayal of the co-founder
of Alcoholics Anonymous in "My Name is Bill W.," Woods
made the project's video release possible by foregoing his profit
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