The 89th Annual Academy Award nominees were announced this morning (Jan. 24), and actress Viola Davis made history. Davis, who stars in Fences, became the first black actress to earn three Oscar nominations.
Davis scored her previous Oscar nominations back in 2009 for her performance in Doubt, and in 2012 for The Help. This year, Davis’ third nomination came for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences.
In 2010, Davis won a Tony Award for the August Wilson adaptation of the play, Fences. In 2015, she was also the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her roll as Annalise Keating on ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. If Davis were to win the Oscar this year, that would make her a Grammy award away from elite EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) status.
Davis and Whoopi Goldberg previously shared the most Oscar nominations for a black actress with two nominations each. Congratulations and best of luck, Viola! Read more on the story here.