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Friday, February 5, 2010

Oscar stars also grace smaller screens (part II: the gals)

     The line between television and movies has been getting thinner and thinner for years. While once movie stars were seen as something above their television counterparts, that has long since ceased to be the case. There is so much crossover now between the two groups, that it is almost unnoticeable. Furthermore, the awards shows for movies are carried on television. Movies air on television all the time, especially on premium channels such as HBO and Showtime, which in turn now make their own television shows. Although almost all of this year's Oscar female nominees have some television parts in their past, and though their small screen background isn't as established as the man, here are some of their parts:

Sandra Bullock (Best Actress,The Blind Side) ~ Bullock starred in the short lived television series Working Girl, based on the film.  She was also in three episodes of George Lopez.

Meryl Streep (Best Actress, Julie & Julia) ~ Her most famous small screen part was in the award winning miniseries Angels in America.  Not that long ago she also played Abigail Adams in Freedom: A History of Us, and in 1978 she won a lead actress Emmy for Holocaust.

Carey Mulligan (Best Actress, An Education) ~ Mulligan has starred in Bleak House and The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard for PBS.  She also guest starred on the latest incarnation of Doctor Who.

Vera Farmiga (Best Supporting Actress, Up in the Air) ~ She tried several series such as Touching Evil, UC: Undercover  and Roar before making it on the big screen.

Anna Kendrick (Best Supporting Actress, Up in the Air) ~ Although she has very few credits to her name at this time, besides, of course, the Twilight movies, Kendrick has appeared in Fear Itself and the quickly canceled Viva Laughlin.

Mo'Nique (Best Supporting Actress, Precious) ~ Much of her exposure has been television, including spots in Moesha, The Bernie Mac Show, Nip/Tuck, and Ugly Betty, as well as a starring role in the series The Parkers.

     The Oscars will be given out during the Academy Awards ceremony Sunday, March 7th at 8pm on ABC.

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