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Viola Davis

Born: August 11, 1965, St. Matthews, South Carolina - USA

Viola Davis is an American actress, producer, and humanitarian.

She was the first African-American actress to be nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one, and is the only black actor to date to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting.

After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, Davis began her career on stage and won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in “Everybody's Ruby”.

She played supporting and minor roles in several films and television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in August Wilson's King Hedley II in 2001.

Davis' film breakthrough came in 2008, when her supporting role in the drama “Doubt” earned her several nominations, including the Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Greater success came to Davis in the 2010s, where she won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Rose Maxson in the revival of August Wilson's play Fences.

For her lead role as 1960s housemaid Aibileen Clark in the comedy-drama The Help (2011), she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress, among others, and won a SAG Award.

Since 2014, Davis has played lawyer Annalise Keating in the ABC television drama “How to Get Away with Murder”, and in 2015, she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Her portrayal also won her two SAG Awards in 2015 and 2016.

In 2016, Davis played Amanda Waller in the superhero action film “Suicide Squad” and reprised the role of Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of “Fences”, for which she won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, SAG Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, are the founders of the production company JuVee Productions.

In 2012 and 2017, she was listed by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is also an outspoken supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and identifies as a feminist.

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Widows (2018)

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Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

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Suicide Squad (2016)

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From DC Comics comes the Suicide Squad, an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.

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Fences (2016)

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An African American father struggles with race relations in the Unites States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events in his life.

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Custody (2016)

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Catalina Sandino Moreno (“Maria Full of Grace”) plays Sara Diaz, a mother fighting for custody of her children after an accident involving her young son prompts a child-welfare inquiry. Adding to the complexity of the situation, Judge Schulman (Academy Award®-winner Viola Davis) is under pressure to handle the case with the utmost caution, and Diaz’s defender, Ally Fisher (Hayden Panettiere), is a privileged and woefully unprepared recent graduate. The stories of these three women collide as the court determines whether or not Diaz is fit to care for her children.

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Blackhat (2015)

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A man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cyber criminal. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong.

54 2015 133
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Lila & Eve (2015)

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Lila, a grief-stricken mother reeling from her son’s murder, attends a support group where she meets Eve, who urges her to take matters into her own hands to track down her son’s killers.

57 2015 94
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Get on Up (2014)

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In his follow-up to the Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster "The Help," Tate Taylor directs Chadwick Boseman ("42") as James Brown in "Get on Up." Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film gives a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter and Jill Scott.

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)

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A New York couple's relationship is tested after the loss of their child. This film is the wide-released combination of the original two :him and :her volumes that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

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How to Get Away with Murder (2014)

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A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot and will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives.

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Prisoners (2013)

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When Keller Dovers daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

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Ender's Game (2013)

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Based on the classic novel by Orson Scott Card, Enders Game is the story of the Earths most gifted children training to defend their homeplanet in the space wars of the future.

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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

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Ethan Wate just wants to get to know Lena Duchannes better, but unbeknownst to him, Lena has strange powers. As Lena's 16th birthday approaches she might decide her fate, to be good or evil. A choice which will impact her relationship forever.

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013)

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Told from the male perspective, the story of a couple trying to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013)

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Told from the female perspective, the story of a couple trying to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

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A year after his father's death, Oskar, a troubled young boy, discovers a mysterious key he believes was left for him by his father and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock.

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The Help (2011)

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Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her familys struggles with money and her desperate need for jobs; and Eugenia \Skeeter\ Phelan (Emma Stone) is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating college to find out her childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around \the help\; yet they are always kept at a certain distance because of racial lines.

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Knight and Day (2010)

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An action-comedy centered on a fugitive couple on a glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure where nothing and no one - even themselves - are what they seem. Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the globe, with their survival ultimately hinging on the battle of truth vs. trust.

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Eat Pray Love (2010)

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Liz Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having - a husband, a house, a successful career - yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. Based upon the bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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Trust (2010)

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A man (Clive Owen) has difficulty coping with the knowledge that his 14-year-daughter (Liana Liberato) was assaulted by a sexual predator she met in an online chat room.

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It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

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A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.

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State of Play (2009)

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Russell Crowe portrays the D.C. reporter who untangles a mystery of murder and collusion that connects unexpectedly to an unflappable young politician (Ben Affleck) who is the future of his political party. As the investigation continues, it reveals a cover-up that threatens to shake the nation's power structures to their very core.

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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

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A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his familys killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

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Madea Goes to Jail (2009)

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At long last, Madea returns to the big screen in TYLER PERRY'S MADEA GOES TO JAIL. This time America's favorite irreverent, pistol-packin' grandmomma is raising hell behind bars and lobbying for her freedom...Hallelujer!

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Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

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Two unhappy peoples lives become entwined when they have a life changing romance. Adrienne is a woman whos trying to decide whether to stay in her unhappy marriage or not. Her life changes when Paul, a doctor who is traveling to reconcile with his estranged son, checks into an inn in a North Carolina beach town where she is staying.

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Doubt (2008)

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In 1964, a Catholic school nun questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, suspecting him of abuse. He denies the charges, and much of the film's quick-fire dialogue tackles themes of religion, morality, and authority.

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Disturbia (2007)

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Kale is a 17-year-old placed under house arrest after punching his teacher. He is confined to his house, and decides to use his free time spying on his neighbors. Things start to get weird when guests enter the Turner's house and don't come back out. Kale and his friends, Ronnie and Ashley, start to grow more and more interested in what is actually happening within the house of Robert Turner.

69 2007 105
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World Trade Center (2006)

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On September, 11th 2001, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the wreckage while the rescue teams fight to save them.

60 2006 128
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Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (2006)

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Small-time police chief and struggling alcoholic Jesse Stone looks into the murder of a teen-age girl whose body is found floating in a local lake. The case brings the former LAPD cop up against the Boston mob and into the affluent world of a bestselling writer who exploits troubled teens.

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Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)

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A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.

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Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2005)

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Jesse Stone is a former L.A. homicide detective who left behind the big city and an ex-wife to become the police chief of the quiet New England fishing town of Paradise. Stone's old habits die hard as he continues to indulge his two favorite things--scotch and women. When a series of murders takes place and a high school girl is raped, he's forced to face his own demons in order to solve the crimes. And, since these are the first murders to occur in Paradise, Jesse must also train his inexperienced staff of police officers to assist in the investigation to find the killers and the rapist before they can strike again.

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Far from Heaven (2002)

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In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.

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Solaris (2002)

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Upon arrival at the space station orbiting an ocean world called Solaris a psychologist discovers that the commander of an expedition to the planet has died mysteriously. Other strange events soon start happening as well, such as the appearance of old acquaintances of the crew, including some who are dead.

62 2002 99
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The Pentagon Wars (1998)

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From the director of “Made In America” and “The Money Pit” comes a hilarious look at one of the most expensive blunders in military history. Over 17 years and almost as many billion dollars have gone into devising the BFV (Bradley Fighting Vehicle). There's only one problem. . . it doesn't work.

73 1998 104
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The Substance of Fire (1997)

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Isaac Geldhart is a Holocaust survivor who, overcome by grief at the recent death of his wife, seems determined to run his publishing firm into the ground by printing books that have no hope of financial success. His son Aaron, who also works at the company, grows frustrated with Isaac's emotional decline and attempts to take over the firm. The resulting crisis involves Isaac's other two children, his daughter Sarah and his dying son Martin.

60 1997 97



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