Critics Choice Awards 2016: Viola Davis wins best supporting actress
Fences star Viola Davis won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie at the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles Sunday.
“Thank you so much… Paramount for having the vision to bring August Wilson to the screen,” she began. “But most importantly, the leader, the captain, Denzel Washington, who said the two scariest words an actor can ever hear, which is, ‘Trust me.’ And usually, you can’t trust a lot of people with a performance in this business. You delivered as a leader. You’ve made us proud and, most importantly, you made August proud.”
This marks Davis’ third Critics’ Choice Award. She previously won awards for Best Actress and Best Acting Ensemble in 2011 for her role as Aibileen Clark in The Help.
Davis plays opposite Denzel Washington in Fences, which is set in 1950s Pennsylvania and follows a former Negro League baseball player struggling to provide for his family as a garbage collector. Both actors won Tony awards for their performances in the film’s 2010 stage adaptation. The film, which is scheduled for a limited release on Dec. 16 before going wide on Christmas Day, is already a strong contender for the 2017 Oscars race, according to critics.
Davis beat out 20th Century Women‘s Greta Gerwig, Moonlight‘s Naomie Harris, Lion‘s Nicole Kidman, Hidden Figures‘ Janelle Monáe, and Manchester by the Sea‘s Michelle Williams.
Davis was honored earlier in the evening with the #SeeHer Award.
See the full list of winners here.