Viola Davis Receives Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

Today Viola was awarded the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women In Entertainment Award. Here is her beautiful speech!

Viola Davis in a Word “Compassion”

Viola’s Acceptance Speech

Viola Davis Attached To Star In ‘The Fighting Shirley Chisholm’ For Amazon Studios

Deadline gives us the exciting news for a new project!

EXCLUSIVE: Days after Oscar winner Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions announced a first look feature production deal with Amazon Studios, the first project is moving forward: The Fighting Shirley Chisholm in which Davis will produce and star as the U.S. Representative who was both the first woman and the first person of color to seek a major American political party’s nomination for President.

Amazon studios acquired the title in what we understand was a fierce bidding war, with Homegrown Pictures’ Stephanie Allain (Hustle & Flow, Dear White People) and Mel Jones producing with JuVee. Maggie Betts (Novitiate) will direct the screenplay written by Emmy-nominated writer Adam Countee (Silicon Valley, Community, Mindy Project).

Countee had long been interested in telling Chisholm’s story and his research led him to write the feature script on spec about the trailblazing congresswoman who never backed down as her bid drew ridicule and bigoted backlash. Chisholm ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1968 from New York’s 12th congressional district and became the first black woman elected to Congress. In January 1972 she announced her presidential bid in a Baptist church in her Brooklyn district. That election ended with George McGovern getting the Democratic nomination and losing to incumbent Republican President Richard Nixon.

Davis can currently be seen starring in the critically acclaimed Widows from director Steve McQueen and stars in Amazon Studio’s Troupe Zero, alongside Alison Janney and Jim Gaffigan. Davis won an Oscar for her supporting role in Denzel Washington’s feature adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences in 2017 in addition to a Golden Globe and SAG award for her performance. She won a drama Primetime Emmy in 2015 for her lead actress role in ABC/Shondaland’s How to Get Away With Murder. Davis is the first black actress to be nominated for three Oscars, and one of the few to have an Emmy, Oscar and Tony Award win.

Davis is repped by CAA, Lasher Group and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman Inc. Homegrown Pictures is repped by UTA, Artists First and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Countee is repped by UTA and 3Arts. Homegrown is dedicated to creating content by and about women and people of color with authentic stories, depictions and representation with the company amassing more than 100 award nominations with wins from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Film Independent Spirit Awards, Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP and more.

AFI Fest Gala Screening of Widows

The AFI Fest held a gala screening of the film Widows on November 14th and I have added images from the event to our gallery!

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Viola Davis Online > 2018 > November 14 | AFI Fest Gala Screening of Widows

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

This week Viola stopped by the Tonight Show to talk with Jimmy Fallon about her new film Widows.

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Viola Davis Online > 2018 > November 13 | The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon – Show

NPR Discussion about Widows

This week Viola participated in a discussion with NPR on her film Widows.

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Viola Davis Online > 2018 > November 13 | NPR Discussion about Widows

Viola Davis Praises Feminism & Is Inspired By Her Daughter

Viola sat down with Access and talks about her award while at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

Viola Davis talks with Access’ Kit Hoover at the 2018 Glamour Women of the Year Awards about finding inspiration from her 8-year-old daughter. Plus, hear Viola share why she thinks her marriage to Julius Tennon works so well.

Viola accepts the Icon Award at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Viola gives a very powerful speech as she accepts the Icon Award at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards last night.

“Chrissy Teigen ruined it for me. [Tiegen had mentioned Davis’ coming remarks in her own acceptance speech earlier.] I actually don’t have much to say. I just find it so interesting that some of the greatest myths come out of people just dying to themselves and being resurrected. It always starts with a death. It always starts with just hitting rock bottom and having nothing left.

“You know, I came from a story where I didn’t feel just less-than or I just didn’t have a voice or not pretty. I felt invisible. I came from a long line of women who felt invisible. And they’re the ones who attempted to throw me an invisible rope. Courage is just fear said with prayers. And I feel that it takes a great deal of courage to hit bottom and feel invisible and then to share one’s story. But it’s in the sharing of the story in front of people who have empathy that kills shame. And once that shame is killed, guess what? You’re running. When I look at the zeitgeist today and look at what is happening with women in terms of sexual assault, in terms of poverty, in terms of politically what’s happening, I think to myself the change and the shift that needs to happen is the internal. It’s finding the courage to own one’s story. To say and wake up one day and feel, like, ‘Damn, I’m not perfect.’ Sometimes I don’t feel pretty. Sometimes I don’t want to slay the dragon. Sometimes the dragon I’m slaying is myself, but damn it, I am worth it. I don’t have to barter for my worth. I don’t have to pay someone for it. I came out of my mom’s womb worthy.

“At 25, which was a time in my life that I was at Juilliard, and they basically said, ‘You’re overweight. You’re going to play a matriarch your entire life. What kind of roles can you play, Viola?’ And I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, I know I’m an actor. I know that’s what I was born to do. That’s what’s going to make my life worthwhile. I know I have something in me.’

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