Life Support (film)

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Life Support
Life Support (2007 film) poster.jpg
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
  • January 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 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 9 reviews.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film was nominated for 2 Emmys at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2007: Queen Latifah was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie and the film was nominated for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or Special.[5] Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for 2007.[6] Queen Latifah also won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries at the 14th Screen Actors Guild Awards held in 2008.[7]


  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. ^ Retrieved 2007-11-03
  3. ^ Retrieved 2007-11-03
  4. ^ "Life Support (HBO) - Reviews from Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2007-11-03.
  5. ^ Retrieved 2007-11-03
  6. ^ "65th Golden Globe Awards Nominations & Winners". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  7. ^ "Final 14th Annual SAG Awards Recipient Press Release". Screen Actors Guild. 2008-01-27. Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-27.

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