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Auburn’s stars

In the wake of last night’s Academy Awards, where Auburn grad, Octavia Spencer (Liberal Arts ’94) walked away with the Oscar for “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in “The Help,” it seems appropriate to take a look at a few other Auburn men and women who have also made a splash in Hollywood.

Octavia Spencer even gave a “War Eagle” on the red carpet last night!

Michael O’Neill (Liberal Arts ’74) has been in big blockbuster hits such as “Transformers,” “Seabiscuit,” “Secondhand Lions” and most recently he played Senator McKellar in the movie “J.Edgar,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He has also been a part of many television shows including “NCIS,” “CSI; Miami,” “The West Wing,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Thom Gossom Jr. ’75 was Auburn’s first African-American athlete to graduate from the university. Along with being an incredible athlete, he has also appeared in movies such as “Fight Club,” and “The Chamber.” His career has consisted of a few television shows from “In the heat of the night” to “Boston Legal.”

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Although only attending Auburn for a year, Victoria Jackson was a part of Saturday Night Live in 1975. The comedian/ actress was known for her handstands and ukulele songs along with her blonde hair that she always wore up.

Josh Hopkins, who also attended Auburn, plays Grayson Ellis alongside Alabama native, Courteney Cox, in ABC’s comedy “Cougar Town.” He also appeared in the movie “The Perfect Storm,” and “G.I. Jane” with Demi Moore.

Although this is not a complete list of Auburn students and graduates, we are proud of Auburn’s people who are making their place in Hollywood.

Watch Octavia Spencer’s acceptance speech at the Oscar’s last night. Thanks for making Auburn proud!