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Viola Davis Says It's Not Always Great Being the Oscar Favorite

Viola Davis is widely expected to win the Oscar for her performance in Fences, but she says it doesn’t always feel great to be the favorite in the category.

The 51-year-old actress talked about the awards recognition during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday (February 16) in Hollywood.

“I’ve been the odds on favorite to win before and did not. It’s devastating; it makes it worse,” Viola said. “You’re sitting there and you’re like, ‘OK, I’m the odds-on favorite.’ And then your name is not called.”

“It’s like falling from a 100-story building…If you know you’re losing, it’s like falling from a one-story building,” she added.


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Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress at BAFTAs 2017!

Viola Davis has added another award to her collection!

The 51-year-old actress just won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2017 EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday (February 12) at Royal Albert Hall in London, England.

Viola won the award for her work in the movie Fences.

Naomie Harris, who was nominated in the same category for her work in the film Moonlight, looked stunning on the red carpet.

FYI: Viola is wearing a custom Jenny Packham dress, a Tyler Ellis clutch, and Bulgari jewelry. Naomie is wearing a Gucci dress, Aquazzura shoes, Atelier Swarovski jewelry, and a clutch and earrings by Swarovski.

10+ pictures inside of Viola Davis and Naomie Harris at the awards show… More Here! »

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Viola Davis Is an Early Winner at NAACP Image Awards 2017!

Viola Davis gives her acceptance speech on stage at the 2017 NAACP Image Awards‘ non-televised ceremony on Friday night (February 10) at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasedena, Calif.

The Oscar-nominated actress won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work in the movie Fences.

Other stars who won at the event were The People v. O.J. Simpson‘s Courtney B. Vance, The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah, Black-ish‘s Marsai Martin, and Power‘s Naturi Naughton.

More celebs who stepped out for the show included Aisha Tyler, Anika Noni Rose, Jussie Smollett, Serayah, and Sterling K. Brown.

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ABC Renews Shondaland's TGIT Lineup for New Seasons!

Amazing news for fans of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder – all three shows from producer Shonda Rhimes will be coming back for the 2017-18 television season!

ABC has announced early pickups for its TGIT lineup, though the fate of Shonda‘s other series on the network, The Catch, has yet to be determined. The show’s second season will debut later this year after Murder‘s third season wraps up.

Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder continue to keep viewers on the edge of their seats and wanting more. I’m thrilled to bring back these shows and the OMG moments that come with them,” a network exec said about the renewals (via THR).

The renewals will push Grey’s into its 14th season, Scandal into its seventh, and Murder to its fourth.

Justin Timberlake Spills on His Oscars Plans During THR Nominee Night

Oscar nominees including Justin Timberlake, Viola Davis and Naomie Harris all stepped out to celebrate their nominations!

The trio attended The Hollywood Reporter’s Nominee Night on Monday (February 6) at Spago in Beverly Hills, Calif.

They were also joined by fellow nominees Isabelle Huppert, Dev Patel, Faye Dunaway, Sunny Pawar, Glen Powell, Auli’i Cravalho, Annalise Basso and Emmanuelle Chriqui.

During the event, Justin, who is nominated for his song “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls, spilled on his plans for Oscar night.

“We’ll try to sneak a flask in,” Justin joked.

FYI: Justin is wearing a Tom Ford suit and shirt with Tod’s shoes. Glen is wearing a John Varvatos suit.

20+ pictures inside from THR’s Nominee Night
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Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, & Nicole Kidman Celebrate Oscar Nominations at Luncheon 2017

Oscar nominees Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, and Nicole Kidman stepped out for the 2017 Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday (February 6) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Natalie is nominated for Jackie, Viola for Fences, and Nicole for Lion. Also in attendance were nominees Denzel Washington (for Fences), Dev Patel (for Lion), Jeff Bridges (for Hell or High Water) and Mel Gibson (for directing Hacksaw Ridge). Laura Dern was also in attendance to show her support.

The Oscars are set to air on Sunday (February 26) – see the full list of nominees if you missed it!

FYI: Natalie is wearing a Topshop look with Steve Madden flats. Nicole is wearing a Chanel dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, Chanel bag, Omega watch, and Fred Leighton ring. Viola is wearing a Bottega Veneta dress, Roger Vivier shoes, and Ippolita Jewelry earrings. Laura is wearing a Roksanda dress, Monsur Gavriel shoes, Fernando George earrings and bracelet, Jane Taylor ring, and Prada clutch.
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Viola Davis Gives Moving Self-Acceptance Speech At Watermark Conference - Watch Here!

Viola Davis may be the an award-winning movie and TV star, but she says she has long struggled with loving herself.

While giving a speech at the 2017 Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center on Wednesday (February 1) in San Jose, the 51-year-old Fences star opened up about starting to feel “really confident” only in the past few years.

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“I tried to live somebody else’s life, and it does not work,” Viola expressed, adding that “nothing will do you any good if you do not own your own story. If you own your own story, that is how you live life bigger than yourself. You are enough.”

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