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More than 165 Oscar® nominees will come together at noon on Monday, February 6, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.
Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Casey Affleck, Ryan Gosling, Isabelle Huppert, Viggo Mortensen, Ruth Negga, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington are expected to attend the pre-Oscars® event. Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Mahershala Ali, Jeff Bridges, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Octavia Spencer and Michelle Williams also will join in the celebratory lunch.
All five nominees in the Directing category – Damien Chazelle, Mel Gibson, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and Denis Villeneuve – are expected to attend as well.
The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
The first Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star of 2017 was dedicated to Viola Davis!
Davis’ tour de force performance – in a supporting role – in the film Doubt (2008) took movie audiences and the film industry by storm and resulted in her getting an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. The 2011 box-office hit The Help further cemented her position as an outstanding talent and brought her not only numerous award nominations (Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA and Golden Globe) but the prestigious SAG award.
The television drama How to Get Away with Murder gave Viola Davis the stage on which to showcase a fuller range of her talent. Her portrayal of the lawyer, Annalise Keating, led to not just nominations but awards. In 2015 she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2015 and 2016 she won Screen Actors Guild Awards for the role.
She’s currently amazing moviegoers as Rose Maxson (Denzel Washington character’s wife) in August Wilson’s drama “Fences” in a film produced by Washington. Her performance in the film takes acting on the big screen to another level: she is raw, multidimensional and profound.
This may be as good time as any to mention that Davis is a graduate of the famous Juilliard School and is as accomplished on stage as on screen. The role of Rose Maxson isn’t new to her, she played her before, in front of live audiences on Broadway. Her theatre performance earned a Tony Award in 2010. Her big screen performance is likely to earn her an Oscar.
Viola Davis isn’t a celebrity famous for being famous. She isn’t a starlet that’s risen to fame suddenly, only to fade soon after. Viola Davis built her career on a sound foundation of incredible talent, consistently high quality work, hard work and patience. She is here to stay.
During the ceremony for Viola Davis on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Chamber President and CEO, Leron Gubler and Walk of Fame producer, Ana Martinez helped the actress unveil her star.
It’s no coincidence that the greatest actress of our time, Meryl Streep (also a Walk Of Famer) spoke during the ceremony honoring Davis. Talent can’t be measured or compared. Streep and Davis are very different. Each has unconventional beauty and unparalleled depth as an artist. They are too different to ever be compared or in competition. But they have something in common, too: both, are extra-ordinary artists: each, a star in her own right.
Viola Davis is quoted as saying: “The happily ever after comes after you’ve done the work.” She’s certainly done much of hers.
Anything L.A. Magazine congratulates Ms. Viola Davis on her professional and personal success. We are not only her fans but have plenty of respect for Davis as a person and a survivor.
Viola Davis’ star in the Motion Picture category (Star #2,596 on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame) is located in front of Marshalls Department Store at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, I. Sturm