Viola Davis: ‘Diversity Is Not a Trending Topic’

Viola Davis on Diversity Oscars
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After picking up the trophy for best actress in a TV drama, “How to Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis was asked about Hollywood’s diversity problem backstage at the SAG Awards.

“We’ve become a society of trending topics,” she said. “Diversity is not a trending topic, it’s just not.”

The Emmy-winning actress, having first received her SAG card in 1988, said she’s never put limitations on her acting abilities as a woman of color.

“I can play any character in Chekhov and Shakespeare and Miller,” she beamed proudly, adding, “All of the actors of color I know don’t place any limitations on themselves either so regardless what is going on with the Academy, what is going on with Hollywood, they will find a way to be excellent. We always have and we always will.”

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  1. Darnell says:

    Yes she is truly a beauty & very intelligent.

  2. Donna says:

    Well stated Ms Davis!

  3. DForest says:

    Thank you Viola Davis!!

  4. Arnie Tracey says:

    Well, said. Congrats, Ms Davis.

  5. What an elegant and beautiful woman. She’s truly awesome.

  6. BillUSA says:

    I wish everyone in Hollyweird shared her perspective. Kudos Viola!

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