It was a big win for Viola Davis as she took home the award for Best Supporting Actress Motion Picture at the 2017 Golden Globes. With so many A-listers in the category it read more like a Best Actress category than one for a supporting role. And to top it off, three of the nominees are previous Globes winners making the competition fierce.
Viola Davis first tackled the role of Rose Maxson in Fences on Broadway, helping her score her second Tony in 2010 for the role. In both the film and the stage version, Davis played the wife of Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) who lived in Pittsburgh during the 1950s.
Troy, a sanitation worker, ends up having an affair forcing Rose to realize what she gave up to stay with her husband. Clearly the role was a favorite among critics as Davis already won two honors at the Critics Choice Awards, SAG Award nominations and is a front-runner for Academy Award recognition next month.
Amazingly, Naomie Harris had just three days to perform the role that some are saying will define her career. She took on the tough role of Paula in Moonlight playing a drug-addict, single mother struggling to raise her son Chiron in a rough neighborhood of Miami. A visa debacle made it so Harris was only able to film for three days and during that time she ages 15 years.
“I got there and the cameras started rolling,” she said. “Over the course of three days I aged 15 years. It was a combination of make-up, wigs and a change in physicality.” Naomie already won best supporting actress from the National Board of Review in New York on Wednesday and is up for a Critics Choice Award for the same category and the film was up for Best Motion Picture Drama at tonight’s awards.
Nicole Kidman lit up the screen in the touching film Lion about a five-year-old boy named Saroo who gets lost on a train taking before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. The wife, played by Kidman, struggles when her adoptive son wants to find his family 25 years later. “It’s not my story, but I totally relate to it,” Kidman said on the NBC red carpet. “I’m so lucky to be a mom.” The actress first received praise after the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Octavia Spencer has certainly proven she’s a force to be reckoned with. She’s already taken home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Golden Globe For Best Supporting Actress for her role in Help. Now, she’s being praised for taking on the true untold story of Dorothy Vaughan in Hidden Figures who served on a team of African-American women working for NASA to launch John Glenn into space.
“We wanted to present these women in a truthful way, but in the best light possible,” Spencer told The Hollywood Reporter. “To hear that we got it right makes me proud.”
Manchester By The Sea was one of the most talked about films of the night along with Michelle Williams’ role in the flick. She plays Randi Chandler, the ex-wife of Lee Chandler played by Casey Affleck, in the tear-jerker of movie. On the red carpet, Williams told Ryan Seacrest that working on the film felt like her insides were on her outsides. The film was also up for a Best Picture Drama award.
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