Viola Davis Academy Awards

Viola Davis

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Viola Davis is this generation's greatest actress. She cemented her place in history on Sunday, February 27, when she won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role as Rose Maxson in "Fences."

There are a multitude of reasons why the 51-year-old actress' win matters: She's now the second Black actress, behind Whoopi Goldberg, to win Emmy, Oscar, and Tony awards. The "How To Get Away With Murder" star is also the first Black actress to be nominated for three Academy Awards, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Beyond her achievements as an actor's actor (and incredible orator), Davis has also become a red carpet slayer. In honor of her greatness, here are 12 times she's won the red carpet — and took home statues, too.


Let's start with her phenomenal Oscars look, shall we? Davis won her first gold statue in an Armani original.


However, it's not her first time stunning on the Oscars red carpet. Davis wore this flawless Zac Posen gown to the 2015 ceremony.


When Davis made history as the first Black woman to win the Emmy for best actress in a drama, she chose to wear a printed gown from Carmen Marc Valvo. Best of all, her afro served as her best accessory.


The "Doubt" actress has a flare for making her natural afro central to her red carpet appearances. For instance, she wore this classy Max Mara number to the 2015 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

She also won a Best Actress in Drama Series award that night.


Monique Lhuillier dressed Davis for the 2013 SAG Awards, though she left the ceremony empty-handed.

The turquoise gown is jaw-dropping. 


On a subsequent SAG carpet, David wore a muted Zac Posen dress. It fit her perfectly, just as her role as Annalise Keating does.

This night, she scored another best actress in a drama SAG award for "How To Get Away With Murder."


At the 2017 SAG Awards, Davis went for another gentler color, yet she exuded light in this white Vivienne Westwood gown.


That doesn't mean Davis prefers nude colors. In fact, she shines brightest in bold hues, like her show-stopping appearance at the 2017 Golden Globes.

Michael Kors is responsible for this dazzling gown.


She also flaunted her curves in an orange Herve L. Leroux gown for the 2012 NAACP Image Awards.


Oh, and blue? Davis slays blue every single time. Michael Kors dressed Davis for the 2016 Critic's Choice Awards, where she won the first SeeHer award and best supporting actress.


This is just unfair. She brought Jenny Packham's gorgeous gown to the 2017 British Academy of Film and Television awards.


No matter how she wears her hair or what designer dresses her (St. John designed this one for the 2016 NAACP Image Awards), it's clear that Viola Davis' mere presence is what matters on red carpets.

She's Hollywood royalty — finally.