Oscar Rewind: 8 Black Actresses & The Roles That Deserved an Oscar

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Kim Wayans as Audrey in Pariah

Lost to: Wasn’t even nominated…smh

Sure, actress Adepero Oduye was pretty amazing as protagonist Alike, but Keenan’s little sister was killing the game as the stuck in denial mother, Audrey. In an attempt to help her daughter move out of a “stage” that included hanging with people she found suspect, Wayans was at times nurturing but also pretty brutal as Audrey. Her character did this while at the same time, attempting to make sense of her up-in-the-air marriage and putting on a front for the community. I was truly captivated by Wayans’ performance, and was pretty disappointed to see that the film in general and all its players were ignored by the Academy for this year’s awards.

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