Written by: FFT Webmaster | December 7th, 2011
Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis, whose lead role in this year’s summer hit THE HELP will probably win her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress, will be honored by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on Friday, January 27. Davis, who has been a solid live theater performer for two decades, began appearing in films in the past 10 years, making her debut in ANTWONE FISHER, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She has also had prominent big screen roles in the Oscar nominated film TRAFFIC and the Steven Soderbergh sci-fi drama SOLARIS. In 2008, her small role as an anguished working mother in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway drama DOUBT generated considerable attention, and resulted in Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Later this month, she can be seen in the highly anticipated 9/11 drama EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE. Davis will join an illustrious group of previous Outstanding Performer Award recipients, including: James Franco (2011), Colin Firth (2010), Penelope Cruz (2009), Angelina Jolie (2008), Helen Mirren (2007), Heath Ledger (2006), Kate Winslet (2005) and Charlize Theron (2004).