Contents 1 Early life and family 2 Education 3 Career 4 Awards and nominations 5 Personal life 6 Filmography 6.1 Film 6.2 Television films 6.3 Television series 6.4 Theatre credits 7 References 8 External links


Early life and family[edit] Davis was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, at her grandparents' house on the Singleton Plantation.[15] She is the daughter of Mary Alice (née Logan) and Dan Davis,[15][16] and is the fifth of six children.[17] Her father was a horse trainer and her mother was a maid, factory worker and homemaker.[18][19][20] Her mother was also an activist during the Civil Rights Movement. At the age of two, Davis was taken to jail with her mother after she was arrested during a civil rights protest.[21] Two months after she was born, her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, with Davis and two of her sisters, leaving her older sister and brother with her grandparents.[15] She has described herself as having "lived in abject poverty and dysfunction" during her childhood,[22] recalling living in "rat-infested and condemned" apartments.[23] Davis is the second cousin of actor Mike Colter, who is known for portraying the Marvel Comics character Luke Cage.[24]


Education[edit] Davis attended Central Falls High School, the alma mater to which she partially credits her love of stage acting with her involvement in the arts.[25] As a teen, she was involved in the federal TRIO Upward Bound and TRIO Student Support Services programs.[26] When enrolled at the Young People's School for the Performing Arts in West Warwick, Rhode Island, Davis' talent was recognized by a director at the program, Bernard Masterson.[27] Following graduation from high school, Davis studied at Rhode Island College, majoring in theater and graduating in 1988. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from the college in 2002.[28] After her graduation from Rhode Island, Davis attended the Juilliard School for four years,[19] and was a member of the school's Drama Division "Group 22"(1989–1993).[29]


Career[edit] Davis received her Screen Actors Guild card in 1996 for doing one day of work, playing a nurse who passes a vial of blood to Timothy Hutton in the film The Substance of Fire. She was paid $528.[30] Davis at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009 In 2001, she won the Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of Tonya in King Hedley II, a "35-year-old mother fighting eloquently for the right to abort a pregnancy."[31] She has also won another Drama Desk Award for her work in a 2004 off-Broadway production of Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage. Davis appeared in numerous films, including three films directed by Steven Soderbergh – Out of Sight, Solaris and Traffic, as well as Syriana, which Soderbergh produced. Viola was also the uncredited voice of the parole board interrogator who questions Danny Ocean (George Clooney) in the first scene in Ocean's Eleven.[32] She also gave brief performances in the films Kate & Leopold and Antwone Fisher. Her television work includes a recurring role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, starring roles in two short-lived series, Traveler and Century City, and a special guest appearance in a Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode entitled "Badge". In 2008, Davis played Mrs. Miller in the film adaptation to the Broadway play Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. Though Davis had only one scene in the film,[33] she was nominated for several awards for her performance, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[34] On June 30, 2009, Davis was inducted into The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[35] On June 13, 2010, Davis won her second Tony Award for her role as Rose Maxson in a revival of August Wilson's Fences.[36] She is the second African-American woman to win the award, after Phylicia Rashad. Davis played the role of Dr. Minerva in It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010), a coming-of-age film written and directed by Anna Boden with Ryan Fleck, adapted from the 2006 novel by Ned Vizzini.[37] In August 2011, Davis played the role of Aibileen Clark, a housemaid in 1960's Mississippi, in the screen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help, directed by Tate Taylor.[38] Davis described her performance in the film as channeling her mother and grandmother saying, "I feel like I brought my mom to life; I've channeled her spirit. I channeled the spirit of my grandmother, and I've kind of paid homage to how they've contributed to my life and the lives of so many people".[38] For her performance, Davis garnered great critical acclaim, and eventually received two Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as her second Academy Award nomination,[39] which she ultimately lost to Meryl Streep. She also received Golden Globe Award and BAFTA nominations for the same performance. In 2012, Time magazine listed Davis as one of the most influential people in the world.[40] Also in 2012, Glamour magazine named Davis Glamour's Film Actress of the year.[41] On June 12, 2012, Davis was presented with the Women in Film's Crystal Award by her friend and Oscar rival that year Meryl Streep.[42] On June 25, 2012, The Walk of Fame Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Davis was part of the new group of entertainment professionals who have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.[43] On January 5, 2017, Davis received the 2,597th star on the Walk of Fame.[44] Davis reunited with The Help director Tate Taylor in Get on Up, a biopic of James Brown, playing Brown's mother.[45] Her three-year-old daughter, Genesis also appeared in the movie.[46] In February 2014, Davis was cast in Peter Nowalk's pilot How to Get Away with Murder (executive produced by Shonda Rhimes for her ShondaLand production company) as the lead character.[47] Her character, Annalise Keating, is a tough criminal defense attorney and professor who becomes entangled in murder plot with her students.[48][49] Davis describes Keating as messy, mysterious, sexy, and vulnerable and noted the character was the first time a black woman, like herself, had ever been portrayed that way onscreen.[50] It began as a series in September 2014.[51] On September 20, 2015, she became the first black woman of any nationality to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[52][53][54][55] She received a second Primetime Emmy Award nomination for the role in 2016.[56] In 2015 and 2016 Davis won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role.[57] She has also received nominations from the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.[58] In 2015, Davis appeared in Blackhat, a Michael Mann-directed thriller film starring Chris Hemsworth.[59] She also appeared in Lila & Eve with Jennifer Lopez. Davis also served as a producer. Davis at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con to promote Suicide Squad In 2016, Davis starred in the courtroom drama Custody, on which she also served as an executive producer,[60] and played Amanda Waller in the film Suicide Squad, an adaptation of a DC Comics series of the same name,[61] and reprised her role as Rose Maxson for the film adaptation of Fences, for which she received her third Academy Award nomination and first win for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress,[62] and the Screen Actors Guild Award.


Awards and nominations[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Viola Davis By winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Fences, Davis became the first black actor to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting: winning a competitive Oscar, Emmy and Tony in acting categories.[63] She is also the first African-American actress and the first woman of color to win the Screen Actors Guild Award five times.[64]


Personal life[edit] Davis married actor Julius Tennon, in June 2003.[65] They have a daughter, Genesis, whom they adopted as a newborn in October 2011. Davis is stepmother to Tennon's son and daughter from previous relationships.[66] Davis has remained a booster of her hometown of Central Falls, Rhode Island. In 2016, she attended the groundbreaking of a community health center there.[67] She has also raised and donated money for the city's library and the Central Falls High School.[67][68] Davis is a Christian and regularly attends services at Oasis Church in Los Angeles.[69][70]


Filmography[edit] Film[edit] Year Title Role Notes 1996 Substance of Fire, TheThe Substance of Fire Nurse 1998 Out of Sight Moselle Miller 2000 Traffic Social Worker 2001 Shrink Is In, TheThe Shrink Is In Robin Kate & Leopold Policewoman 2002 Far from Heaven Sybil Antwone Fisher Eva May Fisher Solaris Dr. Gordon 2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin' Grandma Syriana CIA Chairwoman Uncredited 2006 Architect, TheThe Architect Tonya Neely World Trade Center Mother in Hospital 2007 Disturbia Detective Parker 2008 Nights in Rodanthe Jean Doubt Mrs. Miller 2009 Madea Goes to Jail Ellen St. Matthews State of Play Dr. Judith Franklin Law Abiding Citizen Mayor April Henry 2010 Knight and Day Director Isabel George Eat Pray Love Delia Shiraz It's Kind of a Funny Story Dr. Minerva Trust Gail Friedman 2011 The Help Aibileen Clark Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Abby Black 2012 Won't Back Down Nona Alberts 2013 Beautiful Creatures Amarie "Amma" Treadeau Ender's Game Major Anderson The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Professor Lillian Friedman Prisoners Nancy Birch 2014 Get On Up Susie Brown 2015 Blackhat FBI Agent Carol Barrett Lila & Eve Lila Walcott 2016 Custody Judge Martha Sherman Also executive producer Suicide Squad Amanda Waller Fences Rose Maxson 2018 Widows Veronica Post-production Television films[edit] Year Title Role Notes 1998 Pentagon Wars, TheThe Pentagon Wars Sergeant First Class Fanning 1998 Grace & Glorie Rosemary Allbright 2001 Amy & Isabelle Dottie 2002 Father Lefty N/A 2005 Jesse Stone: Stone Cold Molly Crane 2006 Jesse Stone: Night Passage Molly Crane 2006 Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise Molly Crane 2006 Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story Diane Barrino 2007 Fort Pit N/A 2007 Jesse Stone: Sea Change Molly Crane Television series[edit] Year Title Role Notes 1996 NYPD Blue Woman Episode: "Moby Greg" 1996 New York Undercover Mrs. Stapleton Episode: "Smack is Back" 2000 Judging Amy Celeste Episode: "Blast from the Past" 2000 City of Angels Nurse Lynnette Peeler 24 episodes 2001 Providence Dr. Eleanor Weiss Episode: "You Can Count On Me" 2001 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Attorney Suzanna Clemons Episode: "The Men from the Boys" 2001 Third Watch Margo Rodriguez Episode: "Act Brave" 2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Terry Randolph Episode: "Badge" 2002 Division, TheThe Division Dr. Georgia Davis Episode: "Remembrance" 2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Attorney Campbell Episode: "The Execution of Catherine Willows" 2003 Hack Stevie Morgan Episode: "Third Strike" 2003 Practice, TheThe Practice Aisha Crenshaw Episode: "We the People" 2004 Century City Hannah Crane 9 episodes 2005 Threshold Victoria Rossi Episode: "Shock" 2006 Without a Trace Audrey Williams Episode: "White Balance" 2007 Traveler Agent Jan Marlow 8 episodes 2008 Brothers & Sisters Ellen Snyder Episode: "Double Negative" 2008 Andromeda Strain, TheThe Andromeda Strain Dr. Charlene Barton 3 episodes 2003–08 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Donna Emmett 7 episodes 2009 United States of Tara Lynda P. Frazier 6 episodes 2013 Sofia the First Helen Hanshaw (voice) Episode: "The Buttercups" 2014–present How to Get Away with Murder Professor Annalise Keating 54 episodes Theatre credits[edit] Year Title Role Venue 1992 As You Like It Denise Off-Broadway 1996 Seven Guitars Vera Broadway 1997 God's Heart Eleanor Off-Broadway 1998 Pericles 2nd Fisherman/Lychorida/Bawd 1999 Everybody's Ruby Ruby McCollum The Vagina Monologues Performer (Replacement) 2001 King Hedley II Tonya Broadway 2004 Intimate Apparel Esther Off-Broadway 2010 Fences Rose Broadway


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Hibbert, Naomie Harris, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017): Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, Woody Harrelson, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges, Željko Ivanek, Caleb Landry Jones, Frances McDormand, Clarke Peters, Sam Rockwell, Samara Weaving v t e Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress Mira Sorvino (1995) Joan Allen (1996) Joan Cusack (1997) Joan Allen / Kathy Bates (1998) Angelina Jolie (1999) Frances McDormand (2000) Jennifer Connelly (2001) Catherine Zeta-Jones (2002) Renée Zellweger (2003) Virginia Madsen (2004) Amy Adams / Michelle Williams (2005) Jennifer Hudson (2006) Amy Ryan (2007) Kate Winslet (2008) Mo'Nique (2009) Melissa Leo (2010) Octavia Spencer (2011) Anne Hathaway (2012) Lupita Nyong'o (2013) Patricia Arquette (2014) Alicia Vikander (2015) Viola Davis (2016) Allison Janney (2017) v t e Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play (2001–2025) Mary-Louise Parker (2001) Lindsay Duncan (2002) Vanessa Redgrave (2003) Viola Davis / Phylicia Rashad (2004) Cherry Jones (2005) Lois Smith (2006) Eve Best (2007) Deanna Dunagan (2008) Janet McTeer (2009) Jan Maxwell (2010) Frances McDormand (2011) Tracie Bennett (2012) Cicely Tyson (2013) Audra McDonald (2014) Helen Mirren (2015) Jessica Lange (2016) Laura Linney (2017) Complete list (1975–2000) (2001–2025) v t e Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Frances Sternhagen (1975) Rachel Roberts (1976) Rosemary De Angelis (1977) Eileen Atkins (1978) Pamela Reed (1979) Lois de Banzie (1980) Swoosie Kurtz (1981) Amanda Plummer (1982) Judith Ivey (1983) Christine Baranski (1984) Judith Ivey (1985) Joanna Gleason (1986) Mary Alice (1987) Christine Estabrook (1988) Tovah Feldshuh (1989) Frances Conroy (1990) Irene Worth (1991) Christine Baranski (1992) Madeline Kahn (1993) Jane Adams (1994) Tara Fitzgerald (1995) Elaine Stritch (1996) Dana Ivey (1997) Allison Janney (1998) Anna Friel (1999) Marylouise Burke (2000) Viola Davis (2001) Katie Finneran (2002) Lynn Redgrave (2003) Audra McDonald (2004) Adriane Lenox (2005) Frances de la Tour (2006) Martha Plimpton (2007) Linda Lavin (2008) Angela Lansbury (2009) Viola Davis (2010) Edie Falco (2011) Judith Light (2012) Judith Light (2013) Celia Keenan-Bolger (2014) Annaleigh Ashford (2015) Saycon Sengbloh (2016) Cynthia Nixon (2017) v t e Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Helen Hayes (1952) Loretta Young (1954) Loretta Young (1956) Loretta Young (1959) Barbara Stanwyck (1961) Barbara Stanwyck (1966) Barbara Bain (1967) Barbara Bain (1968) Barbara Bain (1969) Susan Hampshire (1970) Susan Hampshire (1971) Glenda Jackson (1972) Michael Learned (1973) Michael Learned (1974) Jean Marsh (1975) Michael Learned (1976) Lindsay Wagner (1977) Sada Thompson (1978) Mariette Hartley (1979) Barbara Bel Geddes (1980) Barbara Babcock (1981) Michael Learned (1982) Tyne Daly (1983) Tyne Daly (1984) Tyne Daly (1985) Sharon Gless (1986) Sharon Gless (1987) Tyne Daly (1988) Dana Delany (1989) Patricia Wettig (1990) Patricia Wettig (1991) Dana Delany (1992) Kathy Baker (1993) Sela Ward (1994) Kathy Baker (1995) Kathy Baker (1996) Gillian Anderson (1997) Christine Lahti (1998) Edie Falco (1999) Sela Ward (2000) Edie Falco (2001) Allison Janney (2002) Edie Falco (2003) Allison Janney (2004) Patricia Arquette (2005) Mariska Hargitay (2006) Sally Field (2007) Glenn Close (2008) Glenn Close (2009) Kyra Sedgwick (2010) Julianna Margulies (2011) Claire Danes (2012) Claire Danes (2013) Julianna Margulies (2014) Viola Davis (2015) Tatiana Maslany (2016) Elisabeth Moss (2017) v t e Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Katina Paxinou (1943) Agnes Moorehead (1944) Angela Lansbury (1945) Anne Baxter (1946) Celeste Holm (1947) Ellen Corby (1948) Mercedes McCambridge (1949) Josephine Hull (1950) Kim Hunter (1951) Katy Jurado (1952) Grace Kelly (1953) Jan Sterling (1954) Marisa Pavan (1955) Eileen Heckart (1956) Elsa Lanchester (1957) Hermione Gingold (1958) Susan Kohner (1959) Janet Leigh (1960) Rita Moreno (1961) Angela Lansbury (1962) Margaret Rutherford (1963) Agnes Moorehead (1964) Ruth Gordon (1965) Jocelyne LaGarde (1966) Carol Channing (1967) Ruth Gordon (1968) Goldie Hawn (1969) Karen Black/Maureen Stapleton (1970) Ann-Margret (1971) Shelley Winters (1972) Linda Blair (1973) Karen Black (1974) Brenda Vaccaro (1975) Katharine Ross (1976) Vanessa Redgrave (1977) Dyan Cannon (1978) Meryl Streep (1979) Mary Steenburgen (1980) Joan Hackett (1981) Jessica Lange (1982) Cher (1983) Peggy Ashcroft (1984) Meg Tilly (1985) Maggie Smith (1986) Olympia Dukakis (1987) Sigourney Weaver (1988) Julia Roberts (1989) Whoopi Goldberg (1990) Mercedes Ruehl (1991) Joan Plowright (1992) Winona Ryder (1993) Dianne Wiest (1994) Mira Sorvino (1995) Lauren Bacall (1996) Kim Basinger (1997) Lynn Redgrave (1998) Angelina Jolie (1999) Kate Hudson (2000) Jennifer Connelly (2001) Meryl Streep (2002) Renée Zellweger (2003) Natalie Portman (2004) Rachel Weisz (2005) Jennifer Hudson (2006) Cate Blanchett (2007) Kate Winslet (2008) Mo'Nique (2009) Melissa Leo (2010) Octavia Spencer (2011) Anne Hathaway (2012) Jennifer Lawrence (2013) Patricia Arquette (2014) Kate Winslet (2015) Viola Davis (2016) Allison Janney (2017) v t e National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance Alicia Silverstone (1995) Renée Zellweger (1996) Bai Ling (1997) Billy Crudup / Angelina Jolie (1998) Hilary Swank / Wes Bentley (1999) Jamie Bell / Michelle Rodriguez (2000) Hayden Christensen / Naomi Watts (2001) Maggie Gyllenhaal / Derek Luke (2002) Charlize Theron / Paul Giamatti (2003) Emmy Rossum / Topher Grace (2004) Q'orianka Kilcher / Terrence Howard (2005) Jennifer Hudson / Rinko Kikuchi / Ryan Gosling (2006) Ellen Page / Emile Hirsch (2007) Viola Davis / Dev Patel (2008) Gabourey Sidibe / Jeremy Renner (2009) Jennifer Lawrence (2010) Rooney Mara / Felicity Jones (2011) Quvenzhané Wallis / Tom Holland (2012) Adèle Exarchopoulos / Michael B. Jordan (2013) Jack O'Connell (2014) Abraham Attah / Jacob Tremblay (2015) Lucas Hedges / Royalty Hightower (2016) Timothée Chalamet (2017) v t e People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series Sarah Michelle Gellar (2014) Viola Davis (2015) Priyanka Chopra (2016) Kristen Bell (2017) v t e Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (1996–2010, retired) Gwyneth Paltrow (1996) Helen Hunt (1997) Christina Ricci (1998) Janet McTeer (1999) Renée Zellweger (2000) Nicole Kidman (2001) Jennifer Westfeldt (2002) Diane Keaton (2003) Annette Bening (2004) Reese Witherspoon (2005) Meryl Streep (2006) Ellen Page (2007) Sally Hawkins (2008) Meryl Streep (2009) Anne Hathaway (2010) Motion Picture Drama (1996–2010, retired) Frances McDormand (1996) Judi Dench (1997) Cate Blanchett (1998) Hilary Swank (1999) Ellen Burstyn (2000) Sissy Spacek (2001) Diane Lane (2002) Charlize Theron (2003) Hilary Swank (2004) Felicity Huffman (2005) Helen Mirren (2006) Marion Cotillard (2007) Angelina Jolie (2008) Shohreh Aghdashloo (2009) Noomi Rapace (2010) Motion Picture (2011–present) Viola Davis (2011) Jennifer Lawrence (2012) Cate Blanchett (2013) Julianne Moore (2014) Saoirse Ronan (2015) Isabelle Huppert‎ / Ruth Negga (2016) v t e Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture 2004 Sideways Thomas Haden Church Paul Giamatti Virginia Madsen Sandra Oh 2005 Crash Chris Bridges Sandra Bullock Don Cheadle Matt Dillon Jennifer Esposito William Fichtner Brendan Fraser Terrence Howard Thandie Newton Ryan Phillippe Larenz Tate 2006 The Departed Anthony Anderson Alec Baldwin Matt Damon Leonardo DiCaprio Vera Farmiga Jack Nicholson Martin Sheen Mark Wahlberg Ray Winstone 2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Albert Finney Rosemary Harris Ethan Hawke Philip Seymour Hoffman Brían F. O'Byrne Amy Ryan Michael Shannon Marisa Tomei 2009 Nine Marion Cotillard Penélope Cruz Daniel Day-Lewis Judi Dench Fergie Kate Hudson Nicole Kidman Sophia Loren 2011 The Help Anna Camp Jessica Chastain Viola Davis Nelsan Ellis Aunjanue Ellis Bryce Dallas Howard Dana Ivey Allison Janney Leslie Jordan Brian Kerwin Chris Lowell Ahna O'Reilly David Oyelowo Sissy Spacek Octavia Spencer Mary Steenburgen Emma Stone Cicely Tyson Mike Vogel 2012 Les Misérables Samantha Barks Sacha Baron Cohen Helena Bonham Carter Russell Crowe Anne Hathaway Hugh Jackman Eddie Redmayne Amanda Seyfried Aaron Tveit 2013 Nebraska Bruce Dern Missy Doty Will Forte Rance Howard Stacy Keach Angela McEwan Bob Odenkirk Devin Ratray Melinda Simonsen June Squibb Roger Stuckwisch Mary Louise Wilson 2014 Into the Woods Christine Baranski Tammy Blanchard Emily Blunt James Corden Lilla Crawford Frances de la Tour Johnny Depp Daniel Huttlestone Anna Kendrick Billy Magnussen MacKenzie Mauzy Chris Pine Lucy Punch Meryl Streep Tracey Ullman 2015 Spotlight Brian d'Arcy James Michael Keaton Rachel McAdams Mark Ruffalo Liev Schreiber John Slattery Stanley Tucci 2016 Hidden Figures Mahershala Ali Kevin Costner Kirsten Dunst Taraji P. Henson Aldis Hodge Janelle Monáe Jim Parsons Glen Powell Kimberly Quinn Octavia Spencer v t e Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Jodie Foster (1994) Susan Sarandon (1995) Frances McDormand (1996) Helen Hunt (1997) Gwyneth Paltrow (1998) Annette Bening (1999) Julia Roberts (2000) Halle Berry (2001) Renée Zellweger (2002) Charlize Theron (2003) Hilary Swank (2004) Reese Witherspoon (2005) Helen Mirren (2006) Julie Christie (2007) Meryl Streep (2008) Sandra Bullock (2009) Natalie Portman (2010) Viola Davis (2011) Jennifer Lawrence (2012) Cate Blanchett (2013) Julianne Moore (2014) Brie Larson (2015) Emma Stone (2016) v t e Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Dianne Wiest (1994) Kate Winslet (1995) Lauren Bacall (1996) Kim Basinger / Gloria Stuart (1997) Kathy Bates (1998) Angelina Jolie (1999) Judi Dench (2000) Helen Mirren (2001) Catherine Zeta-Jones (2002) Renée Zellweger (2003) Cate Blanchett (2004) Rachel Weisz (2005) Jennifer Hudson (2006) Ruby Dee (2007) Kate Winslet (2008) Mo'Nique (2009) Melissa Leo (2010) Octavia Spencer (2011) Anne Hathaway (2012) Lupita Nyong'o (2013) Patricia Arquette (2014) Alicia Vikander (2015) Viola Davis (2016) v t e Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (2011–2020) 2011 The Help Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel 2012 Argo Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, John Goodman, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina 2013 American Hustle Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Peña, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Röhm, Shea Whigham 2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts 2015 Spotlight Billy Crudup, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci 2016 Hidden Figures Mahershala Ali, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Janelle Monáe, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, Octavia Spencer Complete list (1995–2000) (2001–2010) (2011–2020) v t e Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Kathy Baker (1994) Gillian Anderson (1995) Gillian Anderson (1996) Julianna Margulies (1997) Julianna Margulies (1998) Edie Falco (1999) Allison Janney (2000) Allison Janney (2001) Edie Falco (2002) Frances Conroy (2003) Jennifer Garner (2004) Sandra Oh (2005) Chandra Wilson (2006) Edie Falco (2007) Sally Field (2008) Julianna Margulies (2009) Julianna Margulies (2010) Jessica Lange (2011) Claire Danes (2012) Maggie Smith (2013) Viola Davis (2014) Viola Davis (2015) Claire Foy (2016) v t e Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play Ingrid Bergman / Helen Hayes (1947) Judith Anderson / Katharine Cornell / Jessica Tandy (1948) Martita Hunt (1949) Shirley Booth (1950) Uta Hagen (1951) Julie Harris (1952) Shirley Booth (1953) Audrey Hepburn (1954) Nancy Kelly (1955) Julie Harris (1956) Margaret Leighton (1957) Helen Hayes (1958) Gertrude Berg (1959) Anne Bancroft (1960) Joan Plowright (1961) Margaret Leighton (1962) Uta Hagen (1963) Sandy Dennis (1964) Irene Worth (1965) Rosemary Harris (1966) Beryl Reid (1967) Zoe Caldwell (1968) Julie Harris (1969) Tammy Grimes (1970) Maureen Stapleton (1971) Sada Thompson (1972) Julie Harris (1973) Colleen Dewhurst (1974) Ellen Burstyn (1975) Irene Worth (1976) Julie Harris (1977) Jessica Tandy (1978) Constance Cummings / Carole Shelley (1979) Phyllis Frelich (1980) Jane Lapotaire (1981) Zoe Caldwell (1982) Jessica Tandy (1983) Glenn Close (1984) Stockard Channing (1985) Lily Tomlin (1986) Linda Lavin (1987) Joan Allen (1988) Pauline Collins (1989) Maggie Smith (1990) Mercedes Ruehl (1991) Glenn Close (1992) Madeline Kahn (1993) Diana Rigg (1994) Cherry Jones (1995) Zoe Caldwell (1996) Janet McTeer (1997) Marie Mullen (1998) Judi Dench (1999) Jennifer Ehle (2000) Mary-Louise Parker (2001) Lindsay Duncan (2002) Vanessa Redgrave (2003) Phylicia Rashad (2004) Cherry Jones (2005) Cynthia Nixon (2006) Julie White (2007) Deanna Dunagan (2008) Marcia Gay Harden (2009) Viola Davis (2010) Frances McDormand (2011) Nina Arianda (2012) Cicely Tyson (2013) Audra McDonald (2014) Helen Mirren (2015) Jessica Lange (2016) Laurie Metcalf (2017) v t e Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play Patricia Neal (1947) Shirley Booth (1949) Maureen Stapleton (1951) Marian Winters (1952) Beatrice Straight (1953) Jo Van Fleet (1954) Patricia Jessel (1955) Una Merkel (1956) Peggy Cass (1957) Anne Bancroft (1958) Julie Newmar (1959) Anne Revere (1960) Colleen Dewhurst (1961) Elizabeth Ashley (1962) Sandy Dennis (1963) Barbara Loden (1964) Alice Ghostley (1965) Zoe Caldwell (1966) Marian Seldes (1967) Zena Walker (1968) Jane Alexander (1969) Blythe Danner (1970) Rae Allen (1971) Elizabeth Wilson (1972) Leora Dana (1973) Frances Sternhagen (1974) Rita Moreno (1975) Shirley Knight (1976) Trazana Beverley (1977) Ann Wedgeworth (1978) Joan Hickson (1979) Dinah Manoff (1980) Swoosie Kurtz (1981) Amanda Plummer (1982) Judith Ivey (1983) Christine Baranski (1984) Judith Ivey (1985) Swoosie Kurtz (1986) Mary Alice (1987) L. Scott Caldwell (1988) Christine Baranski (1989) Margaret Tyzack (1990) Irene Worth (1991) Bríd Brennan (1992) Debra Monk (1993) Jane Adams (1994) Frances Sternhagen (1995) Audra McDonald (1996) Lynne Thigpen (1997) Anna Manahan (1998) Elizabeth Franz (1999) Blair Brown (2000) Viola Davis (2001) Katie Finneran (2002) Michele Pawk (2003) Audra McDonald (2004) Adriane Lenox (2005) Frances de la Tour (2006) Jennifer Ehle (2007) Rondi Reed (2008) Angela Lansbury (2009) Scarlett Johansson (2010) Ellen Barkin (2011) Judith Light (2012) Judith Light (2013) Sophie Okonedo (2014) Annaleigh Ashford (2015) Jayne Houdyshell (2016) Cynthia Nixon (2017) v t e Triple Crown of Acting winners Jack Albertson Anne Bancroft Ingrid Bergman Shirley Booth Ellen Burstyn Viola Davis Melvyn Douglas Helen Hayes Jeremy Irons Jessica Lange Frances McDormand Helen Mirren Thomas Mitchell Rita Moreno Al Pacino Christopher Plummer Vanessa Redgrave Jason Robards Geoffrey Rush Paul Scofield Maggie Smith Maureen Stapleton Jessica Tandy Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 29851079 LCCN: no2008047755 ISNI: 0000 0001 1489 4234 GND: 1023017016 SUDOC: 159634741 BNF: cb15587200m (data) Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Viola_Davis&oldid=820677593" Categories: 1965 births20th-century American actresses21st-century American actressesActresses from Rhode IslandActresses from South CarolinaAfrican-American actressesAmerican actressesAfrican-American television producersAmerican television producersAmerican film actressesAmerican Shakespearean actressesAmerican stage actressesAmerican television actressesBest Supporting Actress Academy Award winnersBest Supporting Actress BAFTA Award winnersBest Supporting Actress Golden Globe (film) winnersDrama Desk Award winnersJuilliard School alumniLiving peopleOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Screen Actors Guild Award winnersOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Screen Actors Guild Award winnersOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Screen Actors Guild Award winnersOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Screen Actors Guild Award winnersOutstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series Primetime Emmy Award winnersPeople from Calhoun County, South CarolinaPeople from Central Falls, Rhode IslandPrimetime Emmy Award winnersRhode Island College alumniSexual abuse victims activistsTony Award winnersHidden categories: Webarchive template wayback linksUse mdy dates from July 2017Articles with hCardsArticles with IBDb linksWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with ISNI identifiersWikipedia articles with GND identifiersWikipedia articles with BNF identifiers


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