Viola Davis has proved time and again that the old rules of Hollywood, which rank "older" Black women dead last, don't apply to her.
The Emmy winner is going for an Oscar this year for her film Fences, and managed to game the system historically rigged against her, in her favor.
Though Davis won the Best Actress award at the Tonys for Fences on Broadway, she and her team decided to forgo an Oscar campaign in that category for her role opposite Denzel Washington in the big-screen adaptation.
Instead, Davis will vie for Best Supporting Actress, which may seem like a step down, but is actually an ingenious move. According to Vulture, this year's Best Actress race is getting hotter by the minute, with a coterie of white A-list women (Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep) all rolling out prestigious films and ruthless campaigns.
Rather than compete where Hollywood won't let her win and politely clap for someone arguably less deserving, she decided to shake up the Supporting race. The extra smart layer to this is that she'll be able to juggle the less-demanding campaign for this statuette with her full-time job as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away With Murder.
It takes a boss to know that an Oscar is an Oscar, and after two nominations and no win, it's time for Viola to get hers.
Watch Viola talk about her approach to playing Harriet Tubman in our exclusive interview, above.
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