If Viola Davis is looking for the title of her autobiography, might we suggest How To Win Another Award? The actress and producer is adding a new honour to her list of accomplishments, as she’s set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Rome Film Fest later this month.
On top of receiving the award, Davis will participate in a ‘Close Encounter’ talk, discussing her incredible career and accomplishments with the festival’s Artistic Director Antonio Monda. This is the fest’s second Lifetime Achievement Award announcement this year, as they previously revealed Bill Murray as the other recipient.
“Viola Davis is an extraordinary actress, who has transformed sincerity and dignity into sublime thespian art. It is a great honour for me, and for the Rome Film Fest, to celebrate her formidable talent and deep humanity,” Monda said in a statement on Monday.
It’s an honour for us to celebrate her as well. While Davis isn’t set to receive her award for a few weeks, we thought we’d honour our queen by highlighting some of her iconic moments over the years.
While many know Davis from her Emmy-winning role as Annalise Keating in How To Get Away With Murder, the actress also took home an Academy Award in 2017 for Best Supporting Actress in Fences, and won Tony awards for her stage roles in Fences and King Hedley II. Racking in these awards makes Davis the first black actress to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting.
— Variety (@Variety) February 28, 2017
Not to mention Davis never disappoints when it comes to serving looks. Take this major fashion moment from the Oscars red carpet in 2017. It takes a bold woman to wear red on the red carpet!
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 27, 2017
Our queen also never stops giving us hope. In 2018, she gave an incredibly thoughtful and inspiring response about worthiness during a Golden Globes red carpet interview that we’re still not over.
Viola Davis had a beautiful message on the red carpet tonight 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/JZGQDmo6xz
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) January 8, 2018
And finally, no matter how many awards she gets or how many life-changing roles she lands, Davis always stays honest and humble. Allow us to revisit that moment on Jimmy Kimmel Live, describing how nervous she is about her upcoming role as former First Lady Michelle Obama in the new series First Ladies.
The Rome Film Festival runs October 17-27, 2019. And in true Viola Davis fashion, we predict that she’ll kill it… no pun intended. You can catch Viola Davis in the final season of How To Get Away With Murder on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.