Viola Davis is having the best month ever.
Not only did she earn an Oscar nomination today for her unforgettable performance in Fences, but that performance has now earned her a much deserved place in the history books. Davis is now the first African American actress to garner three Oscar noms. Davis has previously twice been nominated for Best Supporting Actress, in the 2009 film “Doubt” and for Best Actress in the 2012 film “The Help.”’
Fences is a 2016 American drama film directed by Denzel Washington and written by August Wilson, based on his Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name.
The film was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of 2016 and has been nominated for numerous awards, including four Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Washington), Best Supporting Actress (Davis) and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also received a a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for Washington and a Best Supporting Actress win for Davis.
Before today, Davis and Whoopi Goldberg were tied for the most nominations earned by a black actress.
Click HERE for local movie times to check out Viola in action in Fences.