Viola Davis (‘Widows’) would be just the second black Best Film Drama Actress Golden Globe winner

Like Best Actress at the Oscars, only one black performer has won Best Film Drama Actress at the Golden Globes. But that could change this year if Viola Davis (“Widows”) pulls off a victory.

The actress is currently in second place in our odds, behind just Glenn Close (“The Wife”), to join Whoopi Goldberg as the only black thespians to win this category; Goldberg took home the award for “The Color Purple” (1985).

A former nominee for “The Help” (2011), Davis would also be the second black actress to receive multiple nominations in the category following Halle Berry, who contended for “Monster’s Ball” (2001) and “Frankie and Alice” (2010). Davis, Berry and Goldberg are just three of eight black actresses who’ve been shortlisted in Best Film Drama Actress, along with Claudia McNeil (“A Raisin in the Sun,” 1961), Diana Ross (“Lady Sings the Blues,” 1972), Cicely Tyson (“Sounder,” 1972), Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious,” 2009) and Ruth Negga (“Loving,” 2016).

SEE London Film Festival 2018: Viola Davis steals scenes in Steve McQueen’s crime heist ‘Widows’

Davis, who leads the group of titular widows who attempt a heist after their criminal husbands die in the Steve McQueen film, hasn’t necessarily been a Globe favorite. She had to wait until her fifth nomination before she finally won her first statuette, for Best Film Supporting Actress for “Fences” (2016). She was also up for her breakthrough supporting turn in “Doubt” (2008) and in Best TV Drama Actress for the first two seasons of “How to Get Away with Murder” (2015-16).

If Davis walks away with her second Globe — which won’t be easy if Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) officially moves into drama — she’d find herself in another tie: She and Goldberg, who also prevailed in supporting for “Ghost” (1990), would be the most decorated black actresses on the film side.

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