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Uzo Aduba And Viola Davis Were A Breath Of Fresh Air At The SAG Awards

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The SAG Awards were last night, and you probably watched them if you’re a major awards-show junkie. If not, you missed out on two really incredible speeches by Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis, who won in each of their categories. Their speeches were free of the typical faux humility and breathless “What, me? An award?! You shouldn’t have!” sentiment that most are replete with, and they were a delight to watch. Check out Davis’s speech, which legitimately gave me goosebumps, above, and watch Aduba’s speech after the jump. Keep reading »

Make This Happen: Viola Davis Wants To Be On “Game Of Thrones”

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In a video interview for her cover shoot with TV Guide, “How To Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis revealed the television show she would most like to be cast on. That show? “Game of Thrones.”

“I would love to be on ‘Game of Thrones.’ I love that show,” Davis said. “I would want to play a character like Diana Rigg, like a really great, no-nonsense, formidable queen. But I’d want to kill somebody. With a spear.”

Good lord I love her. Keep reading »

Wendy Williams Says Viola Davis’s Natural Hair Made Her Look Like A Man

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Viola Davis rocked her natural hair on the Oscars red carpet. Read More »
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Move your nasty self over, Kelly Osbourne: there’s a new girl-on-girl hater in town. Talk show host Wendy Williams had some crap to say about Viola Davis’s decision to go natural at the Oscars  and it was not nice. According to the blog Madame Noire, Wendy Williams said no one wanted to see a “‘Room 222′ look on the red carpet.” I didn’t know what that obscure reference meant, but Madame Noire explained that “Room 222″ was a TV show from the ’60s and ’70s about a black man with a short Afro who taught a history class. In other words, Wendy Williams was implying no one wanted to see Viola Davis with her short, natural hair because it made her look mannish Keep reading »

Viola Davis On Rocking Her Natural Hair

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Viola Davis addresses black actresses and racism in "The Help." Read More »
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“There hasn’t been any occasion that I felt brave enough to do it. … I feel very powerful, I really do. I feel more powerful every day, more secure in who I am, and I’ve waited so long for that … It feels so divine.” 

– Viola Davis at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood event last week (left), where she rocked her natural hair, looked great and felt powerful doing it!  I’m psyched that she felt brave enough to go natural at the Oscars (right), too. [Essence]

Viola Davis Addresses Black Actresses, Racism In “The Help”

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“The black artist cannot live in a revisionist place. The black artist can only tell the truth about humanity, and humanity is messy. People are messy. Caucasian actors know that. … We as African-American artists are more concerned with image and message and not execution, which is why every time you see your images they’ve been watered down to the point where they are not realistic at all. My whole thing is, do I always have be noble? As an artist, you’ve got to see the mess.”

– Actress Viola Davis responds to journalist Tavis Smiley regarding their roles in “The Help,” which has been criticized for being a “Hooray, White People Solved Racism” movie. Smiley told his guests, Viola and Octavia Spencer, that “I want you to win [an Oscar], but I’m ambivalent about what you’re winning for.” Whether you agree with Viola’s reply or not, it was earnest and, in my opinion, a refreshing response to the litany of complaints about “The Help” that have dogged it since the film came out. She’s probably sick of people saying this to her face and knowing people are saying it behind her back, too. [New York Times via YouTube]

Viola Davis Looks To The Oscars, I Mean, The Heavens

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Well, it’s pretty clear The Los Angeles Times magazine thinks it’s got the Best Actress thing on lock. And no wonder — look how amazing “The Help”‘s Viola Davis looks on the cover of their magazine. Inside, Davis elucidates the key to her acting skill — a tip gleaned from playwright David Mamet: “If you’re looking at an actor onstage with a cat, who are you going to look at, the actor or the cat? The cat, because the cat is just being a cat.” [ONTD]

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