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Actress Viola Davis ’88 earns Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild award nominations


Viola Davis
RIC grad and Central Falls native Viola Davis ‘88 is a Golden Globe Award nominee for her performance in “The Help.” Davis was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama on Dec. 15. The day before, Davis earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role for her work in “The Help.”

Davis was also enrolled in Upward Bound at RIC, a federally funded program that gives low-income students the skills needed to complete high school and to enter and graduate from college. She has credited Upward Bound for contributing to her success, and supports the organization as a speaker and cofounder of an endowment fund.

Davis studied theatre at RIC, and in 2002, received an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the college.

She won Tony Awards for “King Hedley II” (2001) and “Fences” (2010), and received a Drama Desk Award for “King Hedley II,” an Obie for “Everybody’s Ruby” (1999), and a Drama Desk and Obie for “Intimate Apparel” (2004).

In 2008, playing opposite Meryl Streep in ”Doubt,” she earned nominations by the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild.

In her first major theatre role in the 1994–95 production of August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars,” she was nominated for the Tony Award and won the Outer Critics Circle Award.

The 69th Golden Globe Awards will be presented on Jan. 15. The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be handed out on Jan. 29.