Saturday, April 13, 2024

Viola Davis: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity”


I first met Viola Davis when she appeared briefly, but memorably, in “Antwone Fisher.” She appeared briefly, but memorably, in “Doubt.” Despite two Tony awards, Davis didn’t have the big, leading roles available to her that would put her over the top. It’s only now, because of Shonda Rhimes and “How to Get Away with Murder,” that this amazing actress and woman and role model has broken through. One day she will have an Oscar. Or two. Here is her speech from Sunday night. I am so proud of her.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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