Top Stories

Viola Davis Breaking News, Photos, and Videos

Viola Davis Opens Up About How Her Childhood Poverty, Says It Helped Her Not Take Life for Granted

Viola Davis has just won an Oscar, and now she’s opening up about her growing up in poverty.

The 51-year-old Fences star opened up to People Magazine where she said that she and her family struggled with hunger, terrible housing conditions, and racists remarks from bullies.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Viola Davis

“I was the kind of poor where I knew right away I had less than everyone around me,” Viola said. “Our environment, our physical space reflected our income.” At home, “the boards were coming off the walls,” she says, and the family endured “shoddy plumbing and no phone and no food and rats and all of that. That very much was visible to me.”

Despite her upbringing, Viola says that growing up poor helped motivate her to want to give herself a better life.

“It became motivation as opposed to something else — the thing about poverty is that it starts affecting your mind and your spirit because people don’t see you,” Viola said. “I chose from a very young age that I didn’t want that for my life. And it very much has helped me appreciate and value the things that are in my life now because I never had it. A yard, a house, great plumbing, a full refrigerator, things that people take for granted, I don’t.”

Also pictured inside: Viola Davis grabbing lunch to go on Wednesday (March 1) in Los Angeles.

FYI: Viola is wearing a Smythe blazer.

viola davis opens up about her childhood poverty 01
viola davis opens up about her childhood poverty 02
viola davis opens up about her childhood poverty 03
viola davis opens up about her childhood poverty 04
viola davis opens up about her childhood poverty 05

Viola Davis Looks So Excited for Her Win at Vanity Fair Oscars Party 2017!

Viola Davis kicks up her heels while celebrating her win on the carpet at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday night (February 26) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The Oscar-winning actress won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the movie Fences after two previous nominations. She was joined by her husband Julius Tennon at the party to dance the night away.

Mahershala Ali, who won Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight, was seen at the party as well.

FYI: Viola is wearing a Brandon Maxwell layered lapel jacket and classic wide leg trouser.

viola davis vanity fair party 01
viola davis vanity fair party 02
viola davis vanity fair party 03
viola davis vanity fair party 04
viola davis vanity fair party 05

Oscars 2017's Four Winning Actors Pose in Press Room!

Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Casey Affleck pose with their Oscars backstage in the press room at the 2017 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday (February 26) in Hollywood.

The four actors won the four top awards in the acting categories!

Mahershala won Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight, Emma won Best Actress for La La Land, Viola won Best Supporting Actress for Fences, and Casey won Best Actor for Manchester By the Sea.

If you don’t remember, Emma and Viola worked together on the movie The Help, which Viola received a nomination for in 2012.

FYI: Emma is wearing custom-made Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci with Tiffany & Co. jewelry. Viola is wearing an Armani Prive custom gown and Niwaka jewelry. Mahershala is wearing an Ermenegildo Zegna Couture tuxedo, shirt, bow tie, and pocket square with Monique Pean Homme shirt studs. Casey is wearing Louis Vuitton with Montblanc studs and cuff links.

oscars 2017 four acting winners pose together in press room 01
oscars 2017 four acting winners pose together in press room 02
oscars 2017 four acting winners pose together in press room 03
oscars 2017 four acting winners pose together in press room 04
oscars 2017 four acting winners pose together in press room 05

Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress at Oscars 2017 - Watch Her Speech (Video)

Viola Davis just won her first Oscar ever for her work in Fences and she gave an extremely emotional speech!

The 51-year-old actress spoke on stage about the huge honor after being nominated three times over the years.

“People ask me all the time, what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say, exhume those bodies…exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big, and never saw those stories to fruition…I became an artist and thank god I did…. We are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life,” Viola said during her speech.

“Here’s to [playwright] August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people,” Viola said.

FYI: Viola is wearing an Armani Prive custom gown.

viola davis wins best supporting actress 01
viola davis wins best supporting actress 02
viola davis wins best supporting actress 03
viola davis wins best supporting actress 04
viola davis wins best supporting actress 05

Viola Davis Could Win Her First Oscar Tonight!

Viola Davis could have a big night at the 2017 Oscars – she’s up for an award tonight in the Best Supporting Actress category!

The 51-year-old Fences star brought along her hubby Julius Tennon to the event, held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday (February 26) in Hollywood.

Viola has been nominated two times before this year – once for The Help back in 2012 and once for Doubt back in 2009. She has yet to win an Academy Award. Best of luck tonight to all of the nominees!

Make sure to tune in for the Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, TONIGHT at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT on ABC!

FYI: Viola is wearing Armani Prive with Niwaka jewelry, Bally bag, and Stuart Weitzman shoes.

viola davis oscars 2017 red carpet 01
viola davis oscars 2017 red carpet 02
viola davis oscars 2017 red carpet 03
viola davis oscars 2017 red carpet 04
viola davis oscars 2017 red carpet 05

Viola Davis' 6 Best Awards Show Speeches - Watch Now!

Viola Davis is up for Best Supporting Actress at the 2017 Oscars later today for her performance in Fences.

In honor of the How to Get Away with Murder star’s nomination, we’ve rounded up her all-time best awards show speeches!

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Viola Davis

Viola has made history for women everywhere and for anyone who has ever struggled to believe in themselves.

From sharing personal stories about her five-year old-daughter Genesis to quoting Harriet Tubman, Viola‘s awards show speeches are almost impossible to rank – but we’ve tried!

Click inside to get watching…More Here! »

Emma Stone & Brie Larson Get Ready For the Oscars at Women in Film Pre-Party

Emma Stone and Brie Larson were all smiles a the Women in Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party!

The 2017 Best Actress nominee and the 2016 Best Actress winner stepped out at the event on Friday night (February 23) at at Nightingale Plaza in Los Angeles.

The duo were also joined at the event by nominees Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Viggo Mortensen and Ava DuVernay.

Other attendees included Annalise Basso, Anika Noni Rose and Freida Pinto.

During the event, Brie gave a touching speech about being an woman in Hollywood.

“Even though being an actor was really hard, it was even harder to learn to be a woman. And because I loved film so much, that’s where I turned to. That’s how I learned to be who I am today,” she explained.

Brie went on to make a request of fellow attendees saying, “So, let’s talk. Let’s not talk industry talk. Let’s actually talk about what’s really going on with us. What worries us. What scares us. What we’re excited about it. So let’s incubate all of this and make something amazing.”

FYI: Emma is wearing Prada. Brie is wearing an Alexander McQueen dress and Schutz shoes. Annalise is wearing Noon by Noor. Freida is wearing Maria Lucia Hohan.

Click inside to read all of Brie’s speech…
More Here! »

emma stone brie larson women in film pre oscar party 01
emma stone brie larson women in film pre oscar party 02
emma stone brie larson women in film pre oscar party 03
emma stone brie larson women in film pre oscar party 04
emma stone brie larson women in film pre oscar party 05