Viola Davis is coming off the biggest milestone of her career, winning the Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG Award, BAFTA and Critics’ Choice Award for her performance in “Fences.” She also starred in the box office smash “Suicide Squad” last year and made history as the first black actress to win Best Drama Actress at the Emmys two years ago, for “How to Get Away with Murder.” Now Davis has the potential to extend her hot streak by two at the 2017 Emmys, as she’s eligible for Best Drama Actress for ABC’s “HTGAWM” and Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for Lifetime’s “Custody.”
If she gets in again for “How to Get Away with Murder,” this will be Davis’ third consecutive nomination for the legal thriller. Gold Derby racetrack odds predict she’ll be nominated again, with just a few days to go until Emmy nominations morning on July 13. Season 3 saw Davis delve deeper into troubled lawyer Annalise Keating as she continued to cover up her crimes while grieving the death of one of her star pupils. Davis got to sink her teeth into some juicy material as Annalise was sent to prison and subsequently tried to manipulate those around her into setting her free.
Davis is in similar legal territory in the Lifetime TV movie “Custody,” where she plays Judge Martha Schulman. The movie centers on a woman (Catalina Sandino Moreno) fighting for custody of her kids, with Davis’ character serving as the judge in her case. While “Custody” may not have the same Emmy potential as other contenders in the limited series/telefilm categories, Davis’ popularity and respect in the industry could land her a notice in Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress. Gold Derby currently has Davis as an outside contender for a nomination.
If Davis gets two Emmy nominations this year, she would be joining an elite group of well-respected actors that have done so in recent years. Other actors to do so include Kathy Bates (“Two and a Half Men” and “Harry’s Law”) in 2012, Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire” and “Nurse Jackie”) in 2013, Allison Janney (“Mom” and “Masters of Sex”) from 2014-16, Gaby Hoffmann (“Transparent” and “Girls”) in 2015, and Sarah Paulson (“The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “American Horror Story: Hotel”) in 2016.
Viola Davis has a similar level of respect as these actors and could easily join this club in 2017. Other well-respected performers that could join Davis with two noms this year include Carrie Coon for both “The Leftovers” and “Fargo” and Ann Dowd for both “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Leftovers.”
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