Viola Davis Just Became the First African-American Woman to Be Nominated Three Times for an Oscar
Actress Viola Davis just became the first African American woman to ever be nominated three times for an Academy Award, following Tuesday's nomination announcements.
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in "Fences" (which is also being nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay), Davis was nominated in 2009 for her performances in "Doubt" and in 2012 for "The Help."
Post-nomination, Davis took to Twitter, to express her thanks to Denzel Washington, the film's director and star:
At this year's 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, Davis won Best Supporting Actress for playing Rose Maxson in "Fences," and in 2015, became the first black woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performances as Annalise Keating in Shonda Rhimes' series "How to Get Away With Murder."
In her powerful speech from her 2015 Emmy win, she said: "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."
She continued, thanking the writers who "redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman — to be black," and proceeded to thank the leading female black actresses. "Thank you for taking us over that line."
The 89th annual Oscars will air live on Sunday, February 26, at 7pm EST/4pm on ABC, and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
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