On Thursday Viola gave a speech at the University of Colorado Boulder. I was able to find two pics from her speech.
The Columbia Spectator shared the news that Viola will be the commencement speaker at Barnard College at Columbia University.
Acclaimed actor, activist, and humanitarian Viola Davis, Juilliard ‘93, will deliver the keynote address at Barnard’s 127th Commencement in May, administrators announced in an email to the Barnard community on Monday. Davis will also receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction, the college’s highest honor, at the ceremony.
Davis is the first black actor to have won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award in acting, named the Triple Crown of Acting. She has starred in films such as “Fences,” “Suicide Squad,” “The Help,” and “Widows,” and was also the first black actor to win an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, which she received for her work in the television show “How to Get Away with Murder.” Additionally, she is known for activist work, including collaborating with the Hunger Is campaign to help eradicate childhood hunger across America.
In the email, Barnard President Sian Beilock, along with co-interim Deans of the College Alicia Lawrence and Natalie Friedman described the impact of Davis’ career.
“In both her work and her life, she has been a fearless voice for women, women of color, and all who deserve to be seen and heard,” they wrote.
Other medalists at Barnard’s Commencement this year include pioneering civil rights attorney and fair housing advocate Shirley Adelson Siegel, BC ’37; Vice President for Content and Character Development at Marvel Comics and creator of the first Muslim superhero Sana Amanat, BC ’04; and internationally recognized poet, playwright, essayist, and memoirist Cherríe Moraga.
Each will be awarded a Barnard Medal of Distinction, the college’s highest honor.
Commencement will take place on Monday, May 20 at 4 p.m., at Radio City Music Hall.
Exciting news! Thank you to The Wrap for sharing!
Oscar, Tony, and Emmy winner Viola Davis will return as Amanda Waller in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” an individual with knowledge of the project exclusively told TheWrap.
The sequel to 2016’s “Suicide Squad” will hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021. Peter Safran and Charles Roven are producing.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” director Gunn was brought on board to helm the project. He also wrote the script and will have a completely new take on the property, in which DC supervillains are recruited by the government to carry out secret missions too dirty for the likes of Superman and Batman.
“Suicide Squad” was directed and written by David Ayer and starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Ezra Miller, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevingne and Joel Kinnaman.
It grossed $325 million domestically and almost $750 million worldwide, although it was mostly panned by critics.
Davis previously told Nerd Report that she is”fascinated by the character,” who serves the DC Universe in a similar capacity as Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Waller is described as “a former congressional aide and government agent who is often placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former super villains working in return for amnesty.”
Davis currently headlines the ABC hit “How to Get Away With Murder” and starred in “The Help,” “Fences,” and 2018’s “Widows.”
Davis is repped by CAA, Lasher Group and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman Inc.
I have come across some more stills from this last season of How To Get Away With Murder.
This is so fun! Love how excited she was!
Recently Viola attended the NAACP Image Awards and looked beautiful in a white pant suit!
Viola looked stunning on Julius’ arm as they attended the BAFTA Awards this weekend in London.