Life Support (film)

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Life Support
Written byNelson George
Jim McKay
Hannah Weyer
Directed byNelson George
StarringQueen Latifah
Wendell Pierce
Evan Ross
Anna Deavere Smith
Tracee Ellis Ross
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerMark A. Baker[1]
Original release
ReleaseJanuary 26, 2007 (2007-01-26)

Life Support is a 2007 American drama television film directed by Nelson George and starring Queen Latifah. It is loosely based on the real-life story of Ana Wallace, an HIV-positive woman.[1]

The film premiered on January 26, 2007, at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival[2] and premiered on HBO on March 10, 2007.[3]


Ana Wallace (Queen Latifah) was diagnosed with HIV 11 years ago. She got the virus from shooting cocaine with her boyfriend, Slick (Wendell Pierce). Slick had the virus first but did not tell Ana he had it. Ana is devoted to her work at Life Support, an AIDS outreach group, but she struggles to repair her relationship with her teenage daughter, whom she lost custody of 11 years ago due to her drug addiction.


Critical reception[edit]

Critics gave the film favorable reviews. On the review aggregator Metacritic, the film had an average score of 77 out of 100, based on nine reviews.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Artios Awards Outstanding Achievement in Casting – TV Movie of the Week Aleta Chappelle Nominated [5]
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Motion Picture Nominated [6]
Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Queen Latifah Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated [7]
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie Mary Jo Markey Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated [8]
Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Queen Latifah Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Female Images in a Movie Won [9]
Best Theatrically Unreleased Movie by or About Women Won
American Cinema Editors Awards Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Non-Commercial Television Mary Jo Markey Nominated [10]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Queen Latifah Won [11]
Gracie Awards Outstanding Female Lead – Drama Series or Special Won [12]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Won [13]
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Wendell Pierce Won
Evan Ross Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Queen Latifah Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Won [14]


  1. ^ a b Joanne Weintraub (2007-01-13). "'Life Support' shares struggle with AIDS". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 24, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  2. ^ "Sundance Film Festival". Retrieved 2007-11-03.
  3. ^ "Life Support". Retrieved 2007-11-03.
  4. ^ "Life Support (HBO) - Reviews from Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2007-11-03.
  5. ^ "2007 Artios Awards". Retrieved November 5, 2007.
  6. ^ "11th Annual TV Awards (2006-07)". Online Film & Television Association. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  7. ^ "Life Support". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "2007 Satellite Awards". Satellite Awards. International Press Academy. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  9. ^ "Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2007". Women Film Critics Circle. December 13, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  10. ^ "ACE Eddies announce nominations". Variety. Retrieved January 11, 2008.
  11. ^ "Life Support – Golden Globes". HFPA. Retrieved July 5, 2021.
  12. ^ "2008 Gracies Gala Winners". Gracie Awards. Retrieved September 11, 2022.
  13. ^ "The 39th NAACP Image Award Nominations". Variety. Retrieved January 8, 2008.
  14. ^ "The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Retrieved May 21, 2016.

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