Fugger: Viola Davis

Well Played, Viola Davis


Well, I typed the headline before I really stared at the picture.

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Strange things are afoot at the Circle Cups. Her right boob has some strange pulling and bunching of the fabric, and I can’t figure out why. I am still giving this to her for her entire head, the color and POTENTIAL of the dress, and the awesome shoes and pedicure — and also because I’m admittedly in a hurry, and hey, it’s thematic for me to let her get away with murder, isn’t it?

But the real full marks come from what she did earlier in the week at an LA Times panel discussion:

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Kerry Washington may have won the night. At last!

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As ever, if it seemed like we missed a big star — like Beyonce — she more than likely got her very own post. Let’s eyeball the rest of these ladies, though.

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SAG Awards Well Played: Viola Davis in Max Mara


I enjoy the woman standing behind Viola there, snapping a photo. And who wouldn’t? She looks fab:

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals in LA

Great dress, great hair, great earrings, great bracelet, GREAT clutch. That woman is right to take a picture, as it WILL last longer, and she might want to refer to this more than once.

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Golden Globes Well Played: Viola Davis in Donna Karan Atelier


This appearance delights me, and also bums me out a tad.

Viola Davis Golden Globes 2015

Because look how FABULOUS she is. And luminous. And sparkling, and charming, and wonderful. Viola Davis has so many alluring facets, and seeing some of them on display here — you just want to be in this person’s orbit, don’t you? — only underscores my disappointment in How To Get Away With Murder. Yes, I know, acting, playing a character different than yourself, etc. But Annalise Keating is the sun around which the show and its characters orbit, and as such, she should have layers. She should sparkle and charm and lure and dazzle just as much as she intimidates and awes people. Instead, she lumbers from room to room looking as if everyone around her is a waste of her time. The growling and the tough love — or just the tough toughness — would have so much more impact if she deployed them judiciously, or even injudiciously but in a whipsaw motion between that and her charismatic side, so that you could understand how so many people are drawn into the vortex and don’t try to escape it. I just want more for Viola than the one dimension she’s been given, because with nothing else handed to her, she is playing that dimension to the hilt and it’s got to be exhausting.

Okay, end rant. It comes from a place of love, Viola. Because you are majestic.

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Fubs and Fabs: Shondaland at the People’s Choice Awards


Having watched and recapped How To Get Away With Murder, I think the fact that it’s such a hit and yet so freaking problematic IS getting away with murder. But it’s hard to be mad that Viola Davis won a People’s Choice Award, because she’s so classy. I have some issues with Annalise Keating being one-dimensional, but Vi can cruise a bit longer on the tide of goodwill she created by suggesting — and then performing — She Rips Off Her Wig (And Her Eyelashes And Removes All Her Makeup). Hopefully the writers can fix the other things.

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