Viola Davis Makes Academy Awards History

Written by on March 15, 2021

This 12 months’s Oscar ceremony hasn’t even aired but and Viola Davis has already made historical past.

Her nomination for the title function in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was her fourth Oscar nod, making Davis essentially the most nominated Black actress in Academy Awards historical past. The South Carolina native additionally has the excellence of being the one Black girl with two Finest Actress nominations.

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Davis has beforehand been nominated for Doubt, The Assist, and Fences. She took house the Finest Supporting Actress trophy for Fences, which she acted alongside Denzel Washington, a fellow Black Academy Award winner. Entertainment Weekly notes that Washington is essentially the most nominated Black male actor in historical past with eight nods (two wins).

In 2015, when Davis turned the primary Black girl to win the Lead Actress Emmy for her work on “How To Get Away With Homicide,” she gave a strong speech in regards to the lack of variety in Hollywood and the way troublesome it’s to seek out success as a Black actress. She famous that the one factor separating ladies of shade from everybody else is “alternative” and she said “you can’t win an Emmy for roles which are merely not there.”

The primary and up to now solely Black actress to win within the Academy Award within the Finest Actress class is Halle Berry for 2001 movie Monster’s Ball. 


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