Hollywood Star Viola Davis Makes Oscar History as Most-Nominated Black Actress Ever

Hollywood Star Viola Davis Makes Oscar History as Most-Nominated Black Actress Ever

- Viola Davis has received her fourth Oscar nomination for her role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

- The actress broke the record for the most number of overall acting nominations for a Black actress in Hollywood history

- Before the recent nomination, she shared a tie with her longtime friend Octavia Spencer, who has three nominations

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Prolific Hollywood actress, Viola Davis, has once again made history following her recent Oscar nomination on March 15, 2021.

The filmstar whose titular role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom earned her a fourth Oscar nomination has emerged as the actress with the most number of overall acting nominations for a Black actress in Hollywood history.

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She also has become the only Black woman with two Best Actress nominations.

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Speaking about the milestone with Variety in a recent interview, she said:

"For me, it's a reflection of the lack of opportunities and access to opportunities people of color have had in this business. If me, going back to the Oscars four times in 2021, makes me the most nominated Black actress in history, that's a testament to the sheer lack of material there has been out there for artists of color."

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Hollywood Star Viola Davis Makes Oscar History as Most-Nominated Black Actress Ever
Hollywood Star Viola Davis received a nomination for her role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Photo credit: @violadavis
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Davis' achievement in the Best Actress category breaks a tie she previously shared with Octavia Spencer, who has three nominations (Hidden Figures, The Shape of Water, and a win for The Help) to her credit.

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Hollywood star, Whoopi Goldberg is the only other Black actress with more than one Oscar nomination for acting, for her performances in The Color Purple and Ghost — the latter of which won the Academy Award in 1991.

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In a similar story, Beyoncé made history at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, 14 March.

The US superstar broke the record for all-time wins by a woman and any singer (male or female) with 28 Grammy Awards when she bagged the best R&B performance for Black Parade.

The talented singer also took home the Best Music Video award for her smash track Brown Skin Girl.

Beyoncé's nine-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter also became one of the youngest Grammy winners in history. She is featured in her mom's Brown Skin Girl along with first-time Grammy winner Wizkid.

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Kumashe Yaakugh is a Legit.ng journalist with three years of working experience in the media industry. She graduated from Benue State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication. Kumashe is an entertainment and lifestyle editor reporting mostly on entertainment and human interest stories. When she isn't working, Kumashe uses her spare time to read about historical events, music and cultures around the world. Learn more about her on Twitter @kvmashe

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