Shining Moments: Black Women in Film 2013

What a year we had on the big screen in 2013. As a mark up to our annual Black Women in Hollywood pre-Oscars event, we're taking a look at a banner year for Black women in film—from Lupita Nyong'o's breathtaking performance in 12 Years a Slave to scene-stealers Octavia Butler and Oprah Winfrey in Fruitvale Station and Lee Daniels The Butler.

Yolanda Sangweni Feb, 24, 2014

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Alfre Woodard portrayed Mistress Shaw, a formerly enslaved woman who married a white slave master in the Oscar-nominated film, 12 Years a Slave.

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Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker star in "The Butler"

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Spencer portrayed Oscar Grant's (played by Michael B. Jordan) mother in the critically-acclaimed film, Fruitvale Station.

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Nyong'o is certainly number one on everyone's list of breakout stars of 2013 thanks to her outstanding performance as Patsey in the film 12 Years a Slave.

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The Sleepy Hollow star played Jackie Robinson's wife Rachel Robinson in the biopic, 42 which hit a home run at the box office in early 2013.

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In Prisoners, Davis and her husband (played by Terrence Howard) take the law into their own hands when their daughter and her best friend are abducted.

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Harris portrayed Winnie Mandela in the Nelson Mandela biopic, Long Walk to Freedom.

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The Walking Dead actress starred in the indie film Mother of George, portraying a newlywed Nigerian woman who goes to great lengths to become pregnant.

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The Scandal actress starred alongside Kali Hawk and Kimrie Lewis-Davis in African-American filmmaker Tina Gordon Chism's film, Peeples.

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Bassett and Hudson played mother and daughter in the holiday film, Black Nativity where Bassett made her singing debut. Hudson also starred in Winnie Mandela.

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Regina Hall, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Melissa De Sousa and Monica Calhoun reunited for The Best Man Holiday.

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Oduye played Eliza, a free woman kidnapped into slavery like Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

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When she needed a relationship reality check, Montana Moore (Paula Patton) turned to her work BFF's Gail Best (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody) in the David E. Talbert romocom, Baggage Claim.

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Alafia played student activist Carol Hammie in Lee Daniels' The Butler.