Turning Point: When Actors Became Superstars

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  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Halle Berry
  • Kevin Hart
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Jaden Smith
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Rosie Perez
  • Denzel Washington
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Queen Latifah
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Will Smith
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Nia Long

Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station (2013)

Whether it's box office success, critical acclaim or an unexpected hit, we can usually pinpoint the single film that turns a working actor into a bona fide star. 

For Jordan, that role came in Fruitvale Station. The actor had been working for years on television (Friday Night Lights, The Wire) and in film (Chronicle, Red Tails), but his portrayal of murdered Bay Area man Oscar Grant III has Hollywood whispering Oscar nomination and fans comparing him to Will Smith.

(Photo: The Weinstein Company).

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