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Viola Davis makes History as the First Black Actress to Earn 3 Oscar Nominations

​Viola Davis is the first black woman to receive three Academy Award nominations after her nomination for a supporting role in “Fences.”

Not new to making history, in 2015 she became the first black woman to win an Emmy for a lead actress in a drama series for her role as Annalise Keating in “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Viola Davis got her first Oscar nom for a brief but scene-stealing appearance in the 2008 film “Doubt.”

She got her second Oscar nom in 2012 for her role as a maid in the Southern period drama “The Help.”