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Viola Davis makes history with latest Oscar Nomination.

Viola Davis makes history with latest Oscar Nomination.

Viola Davis makes history with latest Oscar Nomination.

Viola Davis has made history as the first black actress to receive three Oscar Nominations, the latest is for her role in Fences, a film version of American Playwright August Wilson’s play.

Fences tells the story of Troy Maxson (Denzil Washington) and his wife Rose (Viola Davis). It’s set in Pittsburg in the 1950’s. Troy and Rose live with their son Cory. Troy has a son from a previous relationship. He discovers that his current mistress becomes pregnant with his child and so has to admit his infidelities to his wife. Rose considers the sacrifices that she has made for her husband and the couple becomes estranged, albeit living in the same house. Rose asks Troy to build a fence around their house, their physical and metaphorical barrier to from the outside, keeping their family within the fence and everything else that doesn’t belong, outside the fence.

The issue of race has been raised due to the (almost) all black cast. Viola says that she does not consider the film to be political in its basic form, she says the film represents family and a man who doesn’t want to take ownership of the impact his negative behaviour’s have on his family. She has wholeheartedly embraced the role of Rose for the second time having previously ‘met’ Rose when she starred in the Broadway version of Fences in 2010, going on to win a Tony Award for her performance.

One thing’s for certain, Viola’s strength of conviction and fight to be recognized has paid off. She’s stacked up a raft of awards over the past few years and made history in the process. The Academy Award nominations say that Viola has been accepted as a major player in Hollywood. Let’s leave the last word to Viola, ‘It’s not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen. It doesn’t scream ‘moneymaker’, but it does scream art.’ Indeed!

Véronique’s Verdict

Viola drew the King of Swords, the Princess of Swords and the Prince of Wands.

The King of Swords
This represents the Awards Ceremony. When it comes down to the nomination process the strict criteria ensures the process taking place on a mental level. Although this translates a overly stern at times, the Academy believes that it ensures fairness.

The Princess of Swords
This represents Viola, innovative actress whose controlled passion is channeled intellectually via her movie roles. This card shows Viola emerging from her ‘castle’ to receive surprising news which will prove to be beneficial in the future.

The Prince of Wands
This represents opportunity that brings about positive change. I feel that the nomination will catapult Viola to new heights bringing further adulation.

Viola has already won in the eyes of many, but part of her will always be the child amongst her siblings in South Carolina. She has already made history and I feel that she will continue on this upward trajectory. Well done Viola for rising through the ranks.


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  1. Yes, movie-going is frequently off-putting. They only have cranyp/uphealthy food and very few theaters offer beer or wine– and that’s assuming you want to wait in monster lines to buy the stuff. Then you have to sit through 15-20 minutes of commercials. After that, you have to endure all the talking and moving around during the actual movie.

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