For being such a larger than life figure, Oprah Winfrey has gravitated as an actress toward playing more modest women of an ordinary stature. Winfrey is so celebrated as a media personality, she doesn't often get the credit for her versatility, strength and naturalism on screen. That might be in part because, outside of some TV movies for Oxygen and animated voice work, she's limited her projects and only acted in a handful of notable films. Here's how they stack up from worst to best.
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In this forgettable adaptation of an otherwise powerful novel by Richard Wright, Winfrey plays the mother to Bigger Thomas. She goes from stern and strong-willed as she urges her son to find work to warm and desperate once she's pleading for her son's life. This is an early performance for Winfrey, and she'd find more presence in better projects later. Winfrey never plays herself in the movies.
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And yet in Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time," she's literally larger than life, appearing as a giant in the sky dressed in chain mail and a massive blonde pillow of hair spewing Oprah-isms. But Ava DuVernay doesn't cast her to play a charismatic goddess. Instead, she's there to do what Oprah does best.
She brings hope, spirit and positivity to the film, and when she's talking to the film's main character, she has a gift of sounding as though she's talking directly to you. This is what a scripted depiction of historical events should do — under the guise of fiction, confront us with the emotional reality of what happened.
Told in three distinct timelines up from two in the original season , creators Harry and Jack Williams show Alice Walker get taken and returned within the first few minutes. The moments are 11 years apart, and the rest of the season is spent filling in the gaps. And yet for all its significant points about responsibility, diplomacy, and bipartisan politics, the eight-part miniseries is still a human story.
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Up to the unexpected ending, it blends the usual genre tropes with an eye toward showing how mindless fandom of anything reality TV included can make us unthinking followers in our own right. From the first frames of that stellar, Saul Bass-inspired main titles sequence , we knew we were in for a glamorous but gruesome Old Hollywood treat.
No one excels in the first season — anthology or regular series — like Ryan Murphy. The actresses never stood a chance against the ageism, sexism, and misogyny of the time. Hell, the series even had us guessing about that darn cat Stone adopted. John Kerry. Kerry, the former secretary of state, was a longtime Senate colleague of Biden's.
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Heinz is the son of the late Sen. John Heinz, who was the previous husband of Teresa Heinz Kerry. The book describes a meeting in December between Hunter Biden, managing partner Devon Archer, and top Chinese government leaders.
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A partnering firm, the Thornton group, described the meeting on its web site as involving the biggest fund lenders in China. Biden, who campaigned for Democrat Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania, is a potential presidential candidate.
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The meeting took place just hours before the senior Biden met Chinese officials, according to the book. Biden, who turned down a chance to run for president in , citing his eldest son Beau Biden's death, is still a prominent potential candidate.
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