Best supporting actress Oscar favourite Viola Davis has been here before and it’s not always pleasant.
While many lap up the attention of being a nominee at the Academy Awards, Fences actress Viola is preparing herself for a fall.
The 51-year-old has been nominated for an Oscar for the third, this time for her performance opposite Denzel Washington in Fences.
She faces stiff competition from Nicole Kidman, Michelle Williams, and Naomie Harris for the gong and is also battling her The Help co-star Octavia Spencer as well.
The How To Get Away With Murder star has been tipped to take home the gong on 26th February, but has been unlikely twice before.
“You know I’ve been the odds-on-favourite to win before and did not? And it’s devastating,” she exclaimed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
“Yes it makes it worse! You’re sitting there and you’re like, ‘OK, I’m the odds-on favourite, OK,’ and then your name is not called. It’s like falling from a 100-story building as opposed to if you know you’re losing it’s like falling from a one-story building.”
“I write (my acceptance speeches) Jimmy, they’re off-the-cuff. You want me to help you for (the) Oscars?” she quipped to the upcoming awards’ host.
Viola has already scooped a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for her part as Rose Maxson, who is married to Troy (Denzel Washington), who lets his failed career as a baseball star tear a family apart.
One scene in particular has been much-discussed and while Viola’s delivery was on point, it was actually her snot that got everyone talking.
“That’s an ‘I am woman hear me roar,’” she commented on the scene, where she tells her husband that she’s given up 18 years of her life to support him.
“You know, that was my snot – everyone talks about my snot and it’s got to the point where I’m like, my nose runs when I cry. I don’t want to spend half the scene just going that like (mimics wiping nose with hand). But listen, after 23 takes, I had very clear nasal passages.”