Three Cheers For Viola Davis
Three cheers, or three Oscars? Earlier this week, the nominations for the Oscars were revealed. This year's nominees are definitely more diverse than we’ve seen in the last couple of years, but not only are we celebrating the talent, and the diversity, we’re celebrating Viola Davis. She was nominated for best-supporting actress for Fences with whom she co-starred with Denzel Washington. This nomination made her the first African-American woman to be nominated for three Oscar nominations.
This isn’t just a big deal for Viola Davis. Oh no, this is a big deal for all involved in the category of Best Supporting Actress. As said before, this is the most diverse Oscars we’ve seen in awhile, and this specific category is especially amazing this year. This year marks Viola’s third Oscar nomination, it’s the first time three black women have been nominated in an acting category, it’s the first time three black women have been distinct nominees in any category and the first time three black people have been distinct nominees in any category in general. Do you get what that means?! It’s the very first time that black people have been the majority in any category at the Oscars. This year, Black Girls are truly #Winning.
So this isn’t only about Viola, it’s about recognizing that after such a long time of being under-represented, People of Color are starting to get recognized for their hard work. We’ve definitely got a long way to go, but seeing things like this is a step in the right direction. Congratulations to Viola, Naomie, Octavia and all the other Oscar nominees! Tune into the 89th Academy Awards Oscars on February 26th!