This is the first of a new series on Just Chick Flicks featuring some of my favorite actresses. The series will explore the actress and some of her best (and maybe even her worst) roles.
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The Phenomenal Viola Davis
I am a big fan of this talented actress. I knew she would be a star in 2002 when I saw her play Terry Randolph on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Viewers of the crime drama know the intense police detective Robert Goren, played by Vincent D’Onofrio. Goren is overly confident in his intelligence and smug. But Viola, who plays one of the bad guys, cuts him down to size.
Since then, she has played a variety of small roles on television and in movies, including recurring roles on Law & Order: SVU and United States of Tara, as well as small supporting roles in Eat Pray Love, Law Abiding Citizen, Beautiful Creatures, Ender’s Game and the upcoming The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
But it was her role as Mrs. Miller in Doubt that brought Viola Davis an Oscar nomination and critical acclaim.
Viola Davis Movies
An Oscar Nomination for less than 10 minutes on the screen…In the 2009 movie, Doubt, Viola plays the beleaguered mother with a child in a Catholic school. For her short but phenomenal scene with Meryl Streep, Viola Davis received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Two years later, Viola Davis was nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Help. Other awards include a Tony for Best Actress in a Featured Role in August Wilson’s King Hedley II in 2001.
Based on the book by Kathryn Stockett, Viola Davis plays Aibileen Clark, a maid living in the southern United States in the 1960s. It also stars Emma Stone, Octavia Spenser, and Jessica Chastain.
In Prisoners Viola stars in this tense thriller along with (my man) Hugh Jackman and Terence Howard. I wanted to see Viola Davis and Hugh Jackman make a movie together, but this is not the movie I had in mind.
Viola stars as Nancy Birch. She and her husband, played by Terrance Howard, are friends and neighbors too. It is the Dovers (Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello). The movie centers around Viola’s and Hugh’s daughters’ disappearance and what they are willing to do to get them back.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, and with a screenplay by Eric Roth (The Insider, Forrest Gump), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is filled with wonderful, touching, understated performances from Sandra Bullock, Jeffery Wright, and Viola Davis.
I would love to see Viola Davis star in more movies. Maybe a romantic comedy or other major roles. But good roles for African-American actresses are rare. This might explain why Kerry Washington (Scandal), Octavia Spencer are starring in their own television series.
How to Get Away With Murder
Fans of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal are excited about the new show from Shonda Rhimes, How to Get Away With Murder, starring Academy Award nominee Viola Davis.
Thursday nights on television will belong to the writer and Executive Producer, Shonda Rhimes. With the evening starting the hit shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, the new show legal thriller starring Viola Davis will round out the night. It will be great to see Viola Davis on television every week.
In How to Get Away With Murder, Viola is the sharp, tough law professor, Annalise Keating. She uses the students in her hand-picked law school class to help with high-profile courtroom cases.
Viola Davis stars along with Denzel Washington the movie version of the Tony award-winning August Wilson play, Fences. And once again we see that nobody can do the ‘ugly cry’ and still give an emotional performance like Viola Davis.
What’s Next for Viola Davis?
Look for Viola in the Netflix movie about blues singer, Ma Rainey on Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
In the summer heat of 1927 Chicago. . Tensions rise during a recording session between blues singer Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), her ambitious horn player (Chadwick Boseman), and the white management determined to control the legendary “Mother of the Blues.” Based on Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson’s play.