Viola Davis now within the battle for an Oscar

Oscar, Emmy and two-time Tony winner Viola Davis, 57, always breaks floor, whether or not getting uncharacteristically bodily as a warrior chief in “The Woman King” or making awards historical past.


A lead actress Oscar nomination for “Woman King” could be Davis’ third, after “The Help” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” and fifth total, after a supporting nomination for “Doubt” and win for “Fences.” Davis would be part of …


performers in Oscar historical past who’ve reached the five-or-more nominations ranks.


The five-or-more membership comprises solely two Black actors, Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington. Davis could be the primary Black girl.


Davis could be the sixth individual to achieve 5 nominations after receiving a primary nomination after age 40. The others are Freeman, Judi Dench, Robert Duvall, Anthony Hopkins and Thelma Ritter. Davis drew her first nomination, for “Doubt,” at 43.


With 4 nominations, Davis already is essentially the most nominated Black girl in historical past.

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If she wins for “Woman King,” Davis could be the primary Black girl to obtain a number of appearing Academy Awards, and simply the second to win a lead Oscar.


Awards seasons since Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”) turned the primary Black girl to win a lead appearing Oscar.