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Viola Davis, Janelle Monae & Tracee Ellis Ross Lead Star-Studded Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards!

A whole bunch of fiercely talented ladies stepped out to support each other at Essence’s 2017 Black Women In Hollywood Awards!

Viola Davis, Janelle Monae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Gabrielle Union, Laverne Cox, Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks, Tina Knowles all stepped out to attend the ceremony held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday (February 23) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Janelle Monae

Also in attendance was Quvenzhane Wallis, Aja Naomi King, Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good, Samira Wiley, Letoya Luckett, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Issa Rae, Common, Pharrell Williams, Sherri Shepherd, Teyonah Parris, Shaun Robinson and Alfred Enoch.

Janelle received the Breakthrough Award for Moonlight and Hidden Figures; Insecure writer-executive producer Issa took home the Vanguard Award; How to Get Away with Murder‘s Aja was honored with the Lincoln Shining Star Award and Black-ish‘s Yara received the Generation Next Award.

FYI: Viola is wearing a custom Christian Siriano dress and earrings by Effy Jewelry. Tracee is wearing a Lethicia Bronstein dress and an Edie Parker clutch. Issa ia carrying an Edie Parker clutch. Laverne is wearing a Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna gown and Tadashi Shoji clutch. Jurnee is wearing a Yanina Couture black tiered gown. Cynthia is wearing a Kenzo dress and Sophia Webster shoes. Janelle is wearing L Frank jewelry.

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Viola Davis Is Honored by Denzel Washington at BET's Black Film Festival Honors

Viola Davis poses backstage with Denzel Washington after accepting the Hollywood Legacy Award during BET’s American Black Film Festival Honors on Friday (February 18) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The actors were joined at the event by their Fences co-stars Jovan Adepo and Saniyya Sidney.

Other stars who attended the event included Viola‘s How to Get Away with Murder mom Cicely Tyson, Queen Latifah, Common, Pitch‘s Kylie Bunbury, Insecure‘s Issa Rae and Jay Ellis, Empire‘s Grace Gealey and Trai Byers, True Blood‘s Rutina Wesley, Famous in Love‘s Keith Powers, The Flash‘s Candice Patton, Grey’s Anatomy‘s Isaiah Washington, RootsAnika Noni Rose, Hidden FiguresAldis Hodge, BeachesNia Long, Dope‘s Kiersey Clemons, and When the Bough BreaksRegina Hall.

FYI: Viola is wearing a Michael Kors Collection gown. Queen is wearing a Randi Rahm dress. Kylie is wearing a Solace London dress.

45+ pictures inside from the star-studded event… More Here! »

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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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