Viola Davis was just nominated for an Oscar for her role in “The Help.” She’s been sweeping the awards lately and she’s certainly a front runner for Best Supporting Actress. She told the LA Times that she wants to celebrate with a bit of rest. “No. 1 on the list would be sleep. And maybe if I could get a really
fabulous chocolate dessert and a Jacuzzi, that would be good.”
She says that hearing her name called was surreal. “It’s unimaginable,” she says. “When I see my path, in the constant
retelling of my story, I realize how absolutely miraculous and amazing
it is that I got to this point. I come from a town that’s a square mile
with 18,000 people in it. I performed in basements, on basketball
courts, for an audience of one, and I was just so happy and content
doing that, never knowing that this was where the path was leading me.”
So, is this her favorite role? Nope! Davis tells the Hollywood Reporter that the one she loved the best was the serial killer she played on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” during the show’s first season. “I appreciated killing a whole family with a baseball bat,” she says.
She also loved playing Mrs. Miller in “Doubt.” “It was a character that not a lot of black people embraced because they
didn’t like her. I think women face that in general — a lot more than
men, [but] black women really face it,” she explains. “We
are always overly sanctified in movies, overly nurturing, overly
sympathetic. To find that place where you’re messy, it’s difficult.
Sometimes, someone’s junk is someone else’s treasure. That was my
No matter who she plays, she’s is riveting to watch. Congratulations Viola!