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Viola Davis

Award-winning Actress

Viola Davis is a critically revered, award-winning actress of film, television and theater known for her intriguing and groundbreaking roles. She is the first black actress to win a Tony, Oscar and Emmy Award in addition to being the most Academy Award-nominated black actress in history. She recently became the first African-American woman to win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role on How to Get Away with Murder. Her role also earned her two Screen Actors Guild Awards, an NAACP Image Award and two Golden Globe nominations. Prior to her role in Fences, Davis earned a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Critics’ Choice Award for her performance in The Help, for which she was also nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and British Academy Film Award. Other notable film roles include Doubt, for which she also received an Academy Award nomination; Blackhat; Get On Up; Prisoner; Beautiful Creatures; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; and Eat Pray Love. Viola is dedicated to ensuring that “women of color are part of the narrative” on all artistic platforms and was named to the TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World list in 2012 and 2017.