Oscar spotlight: Alfre Woodard gives the performance of a lifetime in ‘Clemency’

Oscar spotlight: Alfre Woodard gives the performance of a lifetime in ‘Clemency’
Every year there’s one film or performance that I, frankly, will not shut up about because I feel it’s not getting enough recognition. This year, that honor goes to Alfre Woodard for her masterful performance in “Clemency.” The work she does in Chinonye Chukwu’s death penalty drama deserves to be remembered, not just as one of the best of the year but of the recently concluded decade.

In the film, Woodard portrays Bernadine Williams, a prison warden who, as part of her duties, oversees death sentences being carried out. After the twelfth execution she supervises goes horrifically wrong, Bernadine must now turn her attention to the upcoming execution of Anthony Woods (Aldis Hodge). While there is a lot of evidence that Anthony might have been wrongly convicted, Bernadine must prepare for the upcoming procedure as her job continues to take a severe toll on her personally.

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