The Hollywood Reporter shared some of the comments that Viola shared in relation to Martin Scorsese said about superhero films.
The actress spoke on topics ranging from storytelling to inclusion at a celebratory event, during she received the Rome Film Fest’s lifetime achievement award.
Viola Davis closed out the Rome Film Festival on Saturday night at a special event where she was honored with the fest’s lifetime achievement award.
The actress, who discussed her work at a Close Encounter talk with festival head Antonio Monda, covered a wide range of topics, from her groundbreaking role as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away With Murder to her tough audition for the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Fences opposite Denzel Washington. Davis not only won the role, but later received an Academy Award for the 2016 film adaptation.
Earlier in the week, Martin Scorsese was in Rome to promote The Irishman and repeated his widely publicized comments that superhero films are not real cinema. Davis, who starred in the DC Comics film Suicide Squad and will reprise her role as intelligence officer Amanda Waller in the upcoming sequel, was asked her opinion on the debate. “I do like a good Marvel movie. I do like a good DC Comics movie,” she said.
Davis went on to explain that what she loves about superhero films is their ability to capture and expand the imagination. “Albert Einstein said that imagination is more valuable than knowledge. If I did not have my imagination, I would still be poor Viola living in Central Falls, Rhode Island, who is not considered attractive or whatever,” said the actress. “My imagination defined me. I could escape into a world that’s infinite, a world that I could create on my own, a world where I could redefine myself. That’s where art lives.”
She continued: “Art lives in that world of imagination. It’s a playground there. It’s God’s playground. It’s not up to anyone to say what deserves to be there and what doesn’t deserve to be there. It’s anything that you want to be in that place can live there. And that is why we have some of the greatest painters, some of the greatest actors, some of the greatest writers, and that’s why we live. So I do believe that there’s a place for all of it.”
Davis did qualify that she loves all of Scorsese’s films. “I think he was voicing his opinion. I think it’s valid,” she said. “Everyone had a place, an opinion. But I like a good Marvel movie.”
Monda also asked Davis if she thought the Film Academy was doing enough for women and diversity by adding more members to its ranks. “It’s a reduction to answer the #MeToo or diversity inclusion issue by relegating it to just the Academy. Everything is white … except for the NBA and the NFL,” she responded, to much audience applause.
“Everything is white — studio heads, executives, films,” continued Davis. “How many films do we have this year with people of color being a part of the conversation? Everything. As many television shows as we have on the air, once me, Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington, once we leave TV — how many black women do we have even leading television shows?”
“Critics are white, usually male,” she added. “If you’re just looking at the Academy, you’re not looking far enough.”
Davis said that the answer starts with the filmmaking process, looking at what types of stories are greenlit and what types of actors are cast.
“Even if 93 percent of Academy members are people of color, but only one film has been made that year with people of color, then what good is it? We want to work and we want to do great films that reflect who we are. We want to have an expansiveness of storytelling,” said the actress. “We want to get paid the same way that white actors get paid, because we don’t. Things are changing, but we’ve got a long way to go.”
Related Davis, “I tell my daughter all the time, just because we are 12.5 percent of the population, doesn’t mean we just want 12.5 percent of the pie. When I started out as an actor, I wanted it all. I want the world. I don’t want to just stay in my lane.”
Viola received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Rome Film Festival this past weekend. She attended with Julius and wore an elegant white sleeveless gown with an X-shaped panel adorned with crystals across her waist that was designed by Michael Kors.
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This past weekend Viola was honored at the Rome Film Festival. Here is an interview that she did while walking the red carpet with Mediatime Network.
Stills from the first three episodes of How To Get Away With Murder Season Six.
A few fun new pics of Viola filming the most recent episodes of How to Get Away With Murder.
This weekend Viola and Julius attended the grand opening gala of Tyler Perry studios. I found a few images from the event.
The Rome Film Fest is set to honor Oscar, Emmy, and Tony-winning actress Viola Davis with its second lifetime achievement award this year. Davis will also participate in one of the event’s “Close Encounter” talks, discussing her work with festival head Antonio Monda.
“Viola Davis is an extraordinary actress, who has transformed sincerity and dignity into sublime thespian art,” Monda said Tuesday in a statement. “It is a great honor for me, and for the Rome Film Fest, to celebrate her formidable talent and deep humanity.”
Davis is a three-time Oscar nominee, taking home the prize for best supporting actress in 2017 for Fences. She also has won Tony Awards for her work in Fences and King Hedley II, and won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in 2015 for her role as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away With Murder.
Davis will next appear as “Queen of the Blues” Ma Rainey in the screen adaptation of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and in the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel.
Bill Murray has been previously announced as the other recipient of Rome’s lifetime achievement award.
The festival has also announced that its closing night film will be Tornare (Return) from Roman filmmaker Cristina Comencini. The pic explores grief through the eyes of its main character Alice, a 40-year old woman who returns from America to her home in Naples after her father’s death.
The 14th Rome Film Fest is set to run Oct. 17-27. The full lineup will be announced Friday.
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Tonight is the final season premiere of How to Get Away with Murder! And with that we have a new poster, new promotional shoots, and stills from the premiere episode!
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Images of Viola presenting at the Emmy Awards along with pics of her and Julius posing in the Backstage Creations Gifting Suite.
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The actress changed out of her red carpet heels before presenting the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Viola Davis knows comfort is key!
The How to Get Away With Murder star, 54, just changed out of the towering peep-toe heels she wore on the Emmy Awards red carpet in favor of trendy platform tennis shoes (totally sneaker head-approved!).
Davis walked on stage during the show to present the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series wearing the same black and white one-shoulder custom Alberta Ferretti limited edition gown she wore on the purple carpet hours before. But as she walked towards the microphone, the velvet and satin ensemble opened slightly to reveal silver sneakers underneath!
And this isn’t the first time Davis has ditched her heels after a major red carpet.
At the 2017 Oscars, the Fences actress stunned in a red off-the-shoulder Armani gown, which she paired with matching Stuart Weitzman pumps. But for the star-studded Vanity Fair Oscars party, Davis changed into a sleek white pantsuit and gold Stella McCartney brogues.
“Right now, I see the red carpet as a challenge in remaining my authentic self and trying the best I can to enjoy it and get through it,” the Academy Award winner told Yahoo Style. “It’s pretty daunting. If I feel like I have to alter who I am, that makes me uncomfortable. That doesn’t work for me.”
Along with comfy footwear, the Scandal star is also dominating the makeup world — she was recently named the newest face of L’Oréal Paris.
She she she never associated herself with “beauty and femininity” when she was growing up, so to team with one of the beauty industry’s most iconic brands is a monumental moment for the star.
“It feels surreal,” Davis told PEOPLE. “First of all, and you can take what I’m about to say with a grain of salt, I never thought that I could be an international spokesperson for L’Oréal. The fact that I am, it feels like my life has come full circle.”
As a young girl, the actress says she never thought she had the attributes of a beauty spokesperson, since she didn’t see women that looked like her represented in advertisements or the media.
“When I thought of beauty and femininity when I was a young scrappy girl growing up in Central Falls, Rhode Island, I didn’t associate it with myself,” Davis said. “I didn’t think that I had all those attributes that women who are seen like that should have.”
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards are airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.