This year, OCTAVIA SPENCER (Dorothy Vaughan) will be seen in
The Shack, a film based off of the best-selling novel of the same title that
follows a man whose daughter is abducted during a family vacation with evidence
found in an abandoned shack leading authorities to believe she was murdered.
Four years later, the man receives a note, apparently from God (Spencer),
instructing him to revisit the scene of the crime. She also co-stars in Marc
Webb's drama Gifted alongside Chris Evans and Jenny Slate. The film tells the
story of Rank Adler, a deliberate underachiever who is raising his niece in
rural Florida. She will also be seen in The Free World, a drama focusing on a
recently released former convict who becomes involved with a married woman with
an abusive husband that premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival; Fathers
and Daughters with Quvenzhane Wallis, Diane Kruger, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Aaron Paul and The Great Gilly Hopkins, the adaptation of
Katherine Peterson's young adult Newberry Award winning novel.
In 2014, Spencer co-starred alongside Kevin Costner in the drama Black or White,
which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. Previously,
Spencer co-starred in Tate Taylor's Get On Up, a chronicle of musician James
Brown's rise to fame that also starred Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman and the
sci-fi, action-adventure Snowpiercer opposite Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans.
Directed by Bong Joon-ho, the film followed a train that holds all remaining
inhabitants on earth after a climate-change experiment wipes out the rest of the
population, and the class system that emerges.
In 2013, Spencer was seen in the
indie-drama Fruitvale Station which follows the final hours of Oscar Grant's
life, a young man whose death sparked national outrage after video footage of
his shooting was released to the public on New Year's Eve 2009. Fruitvale
Station won several prestigious awards including both the Grand Jury Prize and
Audience Award for US Dramatic films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the Un
Certain Regard Award for Prix de l'avenir at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, was
named one of AFI's Films of the Year and received nominations for the 2014
Spirit Awards and NAACP Image Awards. Spencer was awarded "Best Supporting
Actress" from the National Board of Review for her performance in the film and
received an individual nomination from the NAACP Image Awards. She also served
as a producer on the film.
Additional film credits include Diablo Cody's directorial debut Paradise
alongside Russell Brand and Julianne Hough, Smashed; an independent film which
premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Bryce Dallas Howard's directed
segment of Call Me Crazy: A Five Film; an anthology of five short films focused
on various stories of mental illness, Blues for Willadean, Fly Paper, Peep
World, Dinner For Schmucks, Small Town Saturday Night, Herpes Boy, Halloween II,
The Soloist, Drag Me To Hell, Seven Pounds, Pretty Ugly People, Coach Carter,
Charm School, Win A Date With Tad Hamilton, Bad Santa, Spiderman, Big Momma's
House, Being John Malkovich and Never Been Kissed and A Time to Kill.
Spencer directed and produced a short film entitled The Captain, which was a
finalist for the coveted Poetry Foundation Prize at the Chicago International
Children's Film Festival.
Spencer was recently seen guest starring in the latest season of the CBS series
"Mom," a comedy that centers on a newly sober mom attempting to pull her life
together. Additionally, she made a memorable guest appearance in the final
season of "30 Rock," starred in the Comedy Central series "Halfway Home" and
appeared in a five-episode arc as the character Constance Grady on the hit
series "Ugly Betty." Spencer has been seen in guest-starring roles on shows
including "The Big Bang Theory," "E.R.," "CSI," "CSI: NY," "Raising The Bar,"
"Medium," and "NYPD Blue."
Among her many other professional achievements, Spencer has co-authored an
interactive mystery series for children called Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective.
The first title in the series, Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the
Time-Capsule Bandit was published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing in
Fall 2013 and the second book, Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: Sweetest Heist in
History is currently in bookstores.
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