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Black Actresses Need More Acting Opportunities – Viola Davies

Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Popular Hollywood actress, Viola Davies has earned herself a 4th Oscar nomination.

The movie star recently became the most nominated Black actress in the history of the Academy Awards, and the world has been reacting.

The 55-year-old performer earned her fourth career acting nomination for her work as the titular character in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Davies boasts of four career Oscar nominations: Best Supporting Actress for “Doubt,” Best Supporting Actress for “Fences,” Best Actress for “The Help,” and Best Actress for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Davis won the Oscar for “Fences.”

Recall that she once said that setting the Oscar nomination record will only reflect a lack of opportunities and access to people of color in Hollywood.

Her words weeks back on holding the record in future, “For me, it’s a reflection of the lack of opportunities and access to people of color have had in this business. If me, going back to the Oscars four times in 2021, makes me the most nominated Black actress in history, that’s a testament to the sheer lack of material there has been out there for artists of color.”

“There are a lot of white actresses out there, who are fairly young — in their 20s or 30s, who have been to the Academy Awards just as many times as me or more than me.”

“It is a reflection of their talent — but it’s also a reflection of their opportunities. That’s what it is. It’s a reflection of how they had the chance — those three, four or five roles that were so good that brought them to that place. [Being a Black actress] is like having a fabulous body, but not having the right clothes to show it off.”


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