Viola Davis, a Rhode Island native who appeared in multiple Trinity Repertory Company productions from 1988 to 1995, has received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category for her performance in The Help. She has already been honored with Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations, and won a Broadcast Film Critics Association award for her performance as Aibileen Clark.

Davis grew up in Central Falls, Rhode Island and majored in theater at Rhode Island College. She made several appearances on the Trinity Rep stage following her 1988 graduation, including: Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Mattie Campbell), Red Noses (Company), Measure for Measure (Isabella), and A Christmas Carol (Solicitor/Christmas Present/Mrs. Dilber). Other stage appearances include Tony Award-winning turns as Tonya in King Hedley II (2001) and as Rose Maxson in Fences (2010) on Broadway, as well as a Drama Desk-Award winning performance in Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel Off Broadway (2004). The Help marks Davis's second Academy Award nomination, as she was previously nominated in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category for Doubt in 2009. Other notable films include Traffic (2000), Solaris (2002), and Syriana (2005).

The Help also received nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Winners of the 84th Annual Academy Awards will be announced Sunday, February 26. A full list of nominees can be found at

PHOTO CAPTION: (L to R) Viola Davis as Mattie Campbell and Barbara Meek as Bertha Holly in JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE by AUGUST WILSON, directed by Israel Hicks as part of the 1988-1989 season at Trinity Rep, Providence, Rhode Island. Photo by MARK MORELLI.

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