Golden Globe

Jan 082017
 

Viola Davis Gets A Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Viola Davis’ tour de force performance – in a supporting role – in the film Doubt (2008) took movie audiences and the film industry by storm and resulted in her getting an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. The 2011 box-office hit The Help further cemented her position as an outstanding talent and brought her not only numerous award nominations (Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA and Golden Globe) but the prestigious SAG award.

The television drama How to Get Away with Murder gave Viola Davis the stage on which to showcase a fuller range of her talent. Her portrayal of the lawyer, Annalise Keating, led to not just nominations but awards. In 2015 she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2015 and 2016 she won Screen Actors Guild Awards for the role.

She’s currently amazing moviegoers as Rose Maxson (Denzel Washington character’s wife) in August Wilson’s drama “Fences” in a film produced by Washington. Her performance in the film takes acting on the big screen to another level: she is raw, multidimensional and profound.

This may be as good time as any to mention that Davis is a graduate of the famous Juilliard School and is as accomplished on stage as on screen. The role of Rose Maxson isn’t new to her, she played her before, in front of live audiences on Broadway. Her theatre performance earned a Tony Award in 2010. Her big screen performance is likely to earn her an Oscar.

Viola Davis isn’t a celebrity famous for being famous. She isn’t a starlet that’s risen to fame suddenly, only to fade soon after. Viola Davis built her career on a sound foundation of incredible talent, consistently high quality work, hard work and patience. She is here to stay.

During the ceremony for Viola Davis on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Chamber President and CEO, Leron Gubler and Walk of Fame producer, Ana Martinez helped the actress unveil her star.
It’s no coincidence that the greatest actress of our time, Meryl Streep (also a Walk Of Famer) spoke during the ceremony honoring Davis. Talent can’t be measured or compared. Streep and Davis are very different. Each has unconventional beauty and unparalleled depth as an artist. They are too different to ever be compared or in competition. But they have something in common, too: both, are extra-ordinary artists: each, a star in her own right.

Viola Davis is quoted as saying: “The happily ever after comes after you’ve done the work.” She’s certainly done much of hers.

Congratulations to Ms. Viola Davis on her Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, her professional and personal success. We are not only her fans but have plenty of respect for Ms. Davis as a person and a survivor.

Viola Davis’ star in the Motion Picture category (Star #2,596 on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame) is located in front of Marshalls Department Store at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

UPDATE: Viola Davis has been nominated for the 2017 Academy Award (Oscar) in the Supporting Actress category for her performance in “Fences”. With this nomination Viola Davis breaks a record as the first African American actress to have been nominated for an Oscar THREE times! (For the first time in 2009 for “Doubt” and then in 2012 for “The Help”.) The odds are in her favor and she certainly deserves it!

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Jun 202014
 

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman (Natalie Portman born Natalie Hershlag; Hebrew: June 9, 1981) is an actress with dual American and Israeli citizenship. Her first role was as an orphan taken in by a hitman in the 1994 action film Léon: The Professional, but mainstream success came when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (released in 1999, 2002 and 2005). In 1999, she enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology while still working as an actress. She completed her bachelor’s degree in 2003. In 2001, Portman opened in New York City’s Public Theater production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. In 2005, Portman won a Golden Globe Award and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Closer. She won a Constellation Award for Best Female Performance and a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her starring role in V for Vendetta (2006). She played leading roles in the historical dramas Goya’s Ghosts (2006) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). In May 2008, she served as the youngest member of the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival jury. Portman’s directorial debut, Eve, opened the 65th Venice International Film Festival’s shorts competition in 2008. Portman directed a segment of the collective film New York, I Love You. Portman is also known for her portrayal as Jane Foster, the love interest of Marvel superhero Thor, in the film adaptation Thor (2011), and its sequel, Thor: The Dark World (2013). In 2010, Portman starred in the psychological thriller Black Swan. Her performance received critical praise and earned her a second Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the BAFTA Award, the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2011.

Portman, who is an advocate for animal rights, has been a vegetarian since childhood. She became a vegan in 2009 after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals. She does not eat animal products or wear fur, feathers, or leather. “All of my shoes are from Target and Stella McCartney,” she has said. In 2007, she launched her own brand of vegan footwear. During her pregnancy in 2011, Portman went off her vegan diet and returned to vegetarianism.
In 2007, Portman traveled to Rwanda with Jack Hanna, to film the documentary Gorillas on the Brink. Later, at a naming ceremony, Portman christened a baby gorilla Gukina, which means “to play.” Portman has been an advocate of environmental causes since childhood, when she joined an environmental song and dance troupe known as World Patrol Kids. She is also a member of the One Voice movement.
Portman has also supported antipoverty activities. In 2004 and 2005, she traveled to Uganda, Guatemala, and Ecuador as the Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International, an organization that promotes micro-lending to help finance women-owned businesses in developing countries. In an interview conducted backstage at the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia and appearing on the PBS program Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, she discussed microfinance. Host Fareed Zakaria said that he was “generally wary of celebrities with fashionable causes,” but included the segment with Portman because “she really knew her stuff. In the “Voices” segment of the April 29, 2007, episode of the ABC Sunday morning program This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Portman discussed her work with FINCA and how it can benefit women and children in Third World countries. In fall 2007, she visited several university campuses, including Harvard, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Princeton, New York University, and Columbia, to inspire students with the power of microfinance and to encourage them to join the Village Banking Campaign to help families and communities lift themselves out of poverty. Portman is a supporter of the Democratic Party, and in the 2004 presidential race she campaigned for the Democratic nominee, Senator John Kerry. In the 2008 presidential election, Portman supported Senator Hillary Clinton of New York in the Democratic primaries. She later campaigned for the eventual Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, during the general election. In a 2008 interview, she also stated: “I even like John McCain. I disagree with his war stance—which is a really big deal—but I think he’s a very moral person.”

In 2010, Portman’s activist work and popularity with young people earned her a nomination for VH1’s Do Something Awards, which is dedicated to honoring individuals who do good. In 2011, Portman and her then fiancé Benjamin Millepied were among the signers of a petition to President Obama in support of same-sex marriage. Portman supported Obama’s re-election campaign. In January 2011, Portman became an ambassador of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner, spearheading their Power of a Girl campaign. She hosted a contest challenging girls in North America to fundraise for one of Free The Children’s all-girls schools in Kenya. As incentives for the contest winner, she offered her designer Rodarte dress, worn at the red carpet premier of Black Swan, along with tickets to her next premier.
Free The Children’s all-girls school was also the beneficiary of proceeds from sales of Nude Grege #169, the lipstick Portman designed for Christian Dior. It was announced in May 2012 that Portman would be working with watch designer Richard Mille to develop a limited-edition timepiece with proceeds supporting Free The Children.