Celebrity Viola Davis Just Made Oscars History Davis is now the most-nominated Black actress ever. By Kimberly Truong Kimberly Truong Kim Truong is a writer focusing on news, entertainment, and culture. She is a graduate of Fordham University. Her work has appeared on The Cut, Self, Refinery29, and BBC America. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on March 15, 2021 @ 10:39AM Pin Share Tweet Email Viola Davis just made Oscars history with her nomination for the 2021 ceremony. Davis was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, marking her fourth nod as an actress at the Academy Awards. She's now broken the record for the most number of overall acting nominations for a Black actress in Hollywood history and became the only Black woman with two Best Actress nominations. The How to Get Away with Murder Star was previously nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Help, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Doubt as well as for Fences (the latter of which she won the award for). Davis's role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom also earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Viola Davis Knows the Power of Authenticity — and a Good Quarantine Cocktail "For me, it's a reflection of the lack of opportunities and access to opportunities people of color have had in this business," Davis told Variety about the milestone last month. "If me, going back to the Oscars four times in 2021, makes me the most nominated Black actress in history, that's a testament to the sheer lack of material there has been out there for artists of color."