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.
Fugger: Viola Davis
I enjoy the woman standing behind Viola there, snapping a photo. And who wouldn’t? She looks fab:
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.
This appearance delights me, and also bums me out a tad.
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.
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.
[Photos: Fame/Flynet, Getty]
So I guess people are hashtagging event titles now? #whatever.
[Photos: AKM-GSI, Splash]
This didn’t photograph quite as well as I wanted it to, but on the telecast she looked dreamy as hell.
I’m going to be really disappointed if her show, How To Get Away With Murder, doesn’t involve a lot of scenes in which she turns to someone and intones, “Muuuuuuurder.” Maybe that’s not the most well-written television, but it would make me clap with glee, just as I am doing about her sexpot bodice and the fact that she’s flashing some cleav while also ably wrangling it. I’d say she’s killing it, but I think we’ve had enough homicide for one post.