Best Actress 2016: Viola Davis for Fences

violadavis_fences-stageViola Davis as she appears in the 2010 revival of August Wilson’s Fences (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

The Facts

Oscar History
Viola Davis has two nominations

  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Doubt (2008)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Help (2011)

This Year
Viola Davis has
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Rose, a Hill District wife and mother

U.S. Distributor: Paramount Pictures
U.S. Release Date: December 2016
Festivals: N/A

Why? The role is baity as hell, and a nomination for Davis, which is almost assured, would make her the most-nominated black actress in the history of the Oscars. Even if Denzel Washington shoots this entire film out of focus, Davis will compete for the win.

Why not? But Paramount is really rushing this one. And it’s a borderline supporting part, apparently.

Notes

Ranking: No. 1 as of Apr. 16, 2016

More on the competition

See also:

  • Best Supporting Actress 2016: Viola Davis for Suicide Squad
  • Best Picture 2016: Fences
  • Best Director 2016: Denzel Washington for Fences
  • Best Actor 2016: Denzel Washington for Fences
  • Best Supporting Actor 2016: Stephen Henderson for Fences
  • Best Supporting Actor 2016: Mykelti Williamson for Fences
  • Best Supporting Actor 2016: Russell Hornsby for Fences
  • Best Adapted Screenplay 2016: Tony Kushner for Fences
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