Viola Davis’s 10 Best Movies

Viola Davis

Viola Davis has long been one of the best character actresses on TV and in film, going back 30 years.  Especially on television, there are few shows in the 1990s and early 2000s that didn’t get a powerful guest appearance from Viola Davis, but it wasn’t really until her Oscar-nominated turns in Doubt and The Help that she broke out in film.  Davis has an ability to be warm and funny but also astoundingly intense in both emotional and cold ways that rival the ability of any living actress.  She can be downright scary in her intensity at times.  You can pick apart a lot of Suicide Squad, but I don’t think anyone would disagree that Davis was a perfect Amanda Waller for the DCEU.  While continuing as one of the premier actresses in film, justly winning an Oscar for her riveting performance in Fences (a supporting actress Oscar for what was really a lead role), she’s also finally gotten a hit TV series of her own with ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder (for which she’s netted an Emmy).
Viola Davis in Prisoners
Viola Davis’s Best 10
1. Prisoners (2013) Nancy Birch
2. Doubt (2008) Mrs. Miller
3. Fences (2017)  Rose Maxon
4. The Help (2011) Aibileen Clark
5. Out of Sight (1998) Moselle
6. Traffic (2000) Social Worker
7. State of Play (2009) Dr. Judith Franklin
8. Ender’s Game (2013) Major Gwen Anderson
9. How to Get Away With Murder (2014-2018, ABC) Annalise Keating
10. Syriana (2005) CIA Chairwoman
Honorable Mention: Disturbia (2007) Detective Parker
Viola Davis in Doubt

Oscars, Golden Globes & Emmys

Oscar Wins (1): Fences (2017)

Oscar Nominations (3): Doubt (2009), The Help (2012), Fences (2017)

Viola Davis in Fences

Golden Globe Wins (1): Fences (2017)

Golden Globe Nominations (5)Doubt (2009), The Help (2012), How to Get Away With Murder (2016, 2017), Fences (2017)

Viola Davis in The Help

Emmy Wins (1): How to Get Away With Murder (2015)

Emmy Nominations (4): How to Get Away With Murder (2015, 2016, 2017), Scandal (2018 – Guest Star)

Viola Davis in How To Get Away With Murder

My Favorite Davis Scene:
“18 Years of My Life” from Fences (2016)

Next Film: Davis’s fourth season of her ABC drama How to Get Away With Murder will begin shortly.  She is attached to star in an as yet unnamed Harriet Tubman biopic, and in 2018 will star with Liam Neeson in Widows; helmed by Steve McQueeen and the first screenplay from acclaimed author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl).
Viola Davis

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