Outtakes from the Brittania Awards

Added eight beautiful images from a shoot Viola did at the Brittania Awards … love the ones of her and Julius!


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Viola Davis to Receive Sherry Lansing Award at Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Event

The Hollywood Reporter has shared that Viola will be honored with their Sherry Lansing Award at the Annual Women in Entertainment Event! A very well deserved honor!

The honor is presented annually to a female trailblazer and philanthropic leader at the star-studded breakfast held in conjunction with THR’s Women in Entertainment issue.

Oscar-, Emmy- and Tony-winning actress and producer Viola Davis will be honored at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment breakfast. The annual star-studded event, which recognizes female pioneers and industry leaders, will take place Dec. 5 in Los Angeles.

Davis will receive with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, given annually to a woman who is a trailblazer and philanthropic leader in her industry. Davis, who leads an ensemble in Steve McQueen’s upcoming heist drama Widows, is a leader in the childhood hunger space, where she uses her own experience and story of strength to shift the discourse around the issue. From 2014-17, Davis served as an ambassador for the charitable initiative Hunger Is, raising more than $20 million to provide meals for children all over the country.

Davis has also worked to end poverty in her hometown of Central Falls, R.I.; she has donated to its public library; her high school alma mater; and the Segue Institute for Learning, a charter school. Through her partnership with the Vaseline Healing Project, Davis returned to Central Falls in 2016 to launch a free health clinic for residents unable to afford health care. The actress has also been outspoken on issues of racism, inequality and sexual violence in Hollywood.

Davis follows a long line of Lansing Award recipients, including Tina Fey, Barbra Streisand, Shonda Rhimes, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Halle Berry, Jodie Foster, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters and, most recently, Jennifer Lawrence.

“Viola uses her fame in such selfless ways, amplifying the unheard voices of others, and has inspired tremendous change both in her Rhode Island hometown and across the globe,” said Matthew Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter. “Her prodigious talent and commitment to do good is unparalleled, and she is the perfect embodiment of what it means to be a leader in the Hollywood community. I can’t think of a better recipient for the 2018 Sherry Lansing Award.”

Added Lansing, the former CEO of Paramount Pictures and the first woman to head a Hollywood studio: “Now is the perfect time to honor a woman as bold and generous as Viola. Over her remarkable two-decade career, Viola has remained steadfast in her support for marginalized communities, while cultivating one of the greatest bodies of work in the industry. She’s a motivating and refreshing voice in Hollywood when we need it most, and I couldn’t be more excited to honor her at the Women in Entertainment breakfast.”

The Women in Entertainment breakfast, sponsored by Lifetime, American Airlines, Cadillac and Loyola Marymount University in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, coincides with the publication of The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment: Power 100 list, the definitive guide to the leading women in film and television.

A highlight of the breakfast is the awarding of scholarships to young women who have taken part in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program. This year, each of the 18 girls in the 2018 program — all from underserved high schools in South and East Los Angeles — will receive $10,000 toward their university costs, and several will be granted full-ride scholarships to LMU. A total of $1.7 million in scholarships will be presented.

Gallery Update | Events in 2011

I have added over a thousand images to the gallery from events that Viola attended during 2011. During 2011 she promoted her Academy Award nominated role in The Help.


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Viola Davis: ‘I Always Want to Be a Complete Person’

Shondaland.com gives us a peek at the Widows Q&A.

In a post-screening Q+A, the cast and director of “Widows” talked collaboration, representation, and what they learned on set.

Steve McQueen’s latest effort, “Widows,” dropped onto Must See Lists late last year with little more than the reveal of its cast. After all, who wouldn’t be intrigued by a political thriller, heist, melodrama (yes, it’s all of these things) starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Bryan Tyree Henry, and Daniel Kaluuya. And from the deep intimacy of its opening shot, to the many sharp twists throughout, “Widows” delivers. It is, without exaggeration (or spoilers), everything one might expect from a McQueen movie that also happens to be co-written by the mystery-thriller expert, Gillian Flynn.

Meshing together low stakes local politics and high stakes action, “Widows” follows Veronica (Davis), Linda (Rodriguez), and Alice (Debicki), three women whose dead husbands leave behind a few million dollars worth of unfinished business in their wake. When the widows’ lives are threatened by a wannabe Chicago Alderman, Jamal Manning (Henry) and his brother Jatemme (Kaluuya, in easily one of the scariest performances of the year), they have to take matters into their own hands in order to survive.

We were lucky enough to attend a recent screening that concluded with a Q+A panel featuring, McQueen, Davis, Rodriguez, and Kaluuya. In the brief time they had with the audience, each artist shared what originally drew them to the project, some of the lessons they took away, and a few gems that will definitely make our second viewings (and third, and fourth — to be honest, this movie is coming for its things this awards season) that much more compelling.

Why this project, and why now?
“… It’s just a case of wanting to tell stories. It’s that simple … I wanted to put that fabric of our current political and socio-political, racial, environment into the sort of DNA of [‘Widows’]. It’s honest. It had to happen, because otherwise, it becomes just another heist story. We all know about what’s happening around us, and to sort of put that into a narrative is very important. [The difficulty in arranging] child care. Horrific sort of politicians. False prophets. It’s in our everyday.” – Steve McQueen

“I have always wanted to be in an action movie, ever since ‘Get Christy Love.’ I’ve always wanted to kick somebody’s ass, because I wanted to kick people’s ass in life. And there was something about channeling that power [while making ‘Widows’] that I did like. But I didn’t necessarily sign on to it because of the action part of it. I signed on to it because I felt that it was a complete story. And [my character Veronica] was a complete character. And actually the thing that really struck me was [that] the core of [‘Widows’] was a love story. This woman is in love with a man, [Liam Neeson], and that is usually what’s not associated with me either. I always want to be a complete person. I always feel like that’s the elusive thing when it comes to people of color, you know what I mean?” – Viola Davis

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Next on How to Get Away With Murder | It’s the Worst Day of My Life

Are you ready for tomorrow’s all new episode of How to Get Away with Murder?

After Annalise chooses Gabriel as her second chair, the unexpected duo puts all of their efforts into Nate Sr.’s murder re-trial as they try to convince a jury to grant an insanity plea. Meanwhile, Bonnie struggles to rebound after a dark part of her past resurfaces.

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Viola Davis Online > How to Get Away with Murder {2014-Present} > Season 5 > Episode Stills > 05×05 | It’s the Worst Day of My Life

How to Get Away With Murder | It’s Her Kid Captures

Captures from episode four It’s Her Kid Captures …

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Viola Davis Online > How to Get Away with Murder {2014-Present} > Season 5 > Episode Captures > 05×04 | It’s Her Kid

Outtakes from British Vogue

Added some beautiful outtakes of Viola from a feature in British Vogue. The November issue featured the cast of Widows.

Meanwhile, another maverick, contributing editor and Academy Award-winner Steve McQueen, returns to cinemas with his explosive follow-up to 12 Years a Slave. Vogue meets the amazing cast of his thriller Widows; four talented women changing the face of mainstream cinema.

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