Start writing
Share this Story
List View
On
Off

20 Times Viola Davis Was a Vision of Perfection on the Red Carpet

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

#1/21:

Viola Davis rocks the red carpet

Images: Getty Images/Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows
#1/21:

Viola Davis rocks the red carpet

Make no mistake: Pure raw talent and incredibly hard work got Viola Davis where she is today. After graduating from the über-prestigious Julliard School in 1993, she hit the stage running and won her first Obie Award in 1999. She is the only black actor to win the Triple Crown of acting: Tony Awards in 2001 for King Hedley II and in 2010 for Fences, a 2015 Emmy for How to Get Away with Murder and of course, her 2016 win for the film version of Fences. And that's just a few of the accolades Davis has earned over her storied career — in all, she's collected 93 wins and 199 nominations across film, television and stage, and she's not even close to being done yet.

What does all this mean other than showing that Davis is an incredible actor? It means lots and lots of red carpet appearances, and lucky for us, one of her many talents is always looking 100 percent on point when it comes to the photo line. Let's take a peek at some of her best red carpet looks throughout the years.

#3/21:

2012 NAACP Awards

Apega/WENN
#3/21:

2012 NAACP Awards

Viola Davis is a dream in tangerine at the 2012 NAACP Awards.

#4/21:

2012 Oscars

Ian Wilson/WENN
#4/21:

2012 Oscars

Viola Davis wore dramatic eyeliner and statement earrings to the 2012 Academy Awards.

#5/21:

2013 Hollywood Film Awards

FayesVision/WENN
#5/21:

2013 Hollywood Film Awards

Viola Davis shows off her tiny waist in a yellow dress with black accents at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards.

#6/21:

2014 Emmy Awards

FayesVision/WENN
#6/21:

2014 Emmy Awards

Viola Davis wore a beautiful blue column gown to the 2014 Emmy Awards.

#7/21:

2014 Oscars

Adriana M. Barraza/WENN
#7/21:

2014 Oscars

Viola Davis wears a gorgeous jade A-line gown at the 2014 Academy Awards.

#8/21:

2015 SAG Awards

Brian To/WENN
#8/21:

2015 SAG Awards

Viola Davis looks gorgeous with natural hair at the 2015 SAG Awards.

#9/21:

2016 Emmys

FayesVision/WENN
#9/21:

2016 Emmys

Viola Davis in another stunning hot-pink gown, this time at the 2016 Emmy Awards.

#10/21:

2016 SAG Awards

WENN
#10/21:

2016 SAG Awards

Viola Davis wore this architectural mermaid gown to the 2016 SAG Awards.

#11/21:

2017 SAG Awards

WENN
#11/21:

2017 SAG Awards

Viola Davis glitters in some serious diamonds at the 2017 SAG Awards.

#12/21:

2017 BAFTA Awards

WENN
#12/21:

2017 BAFTA Awards

Viola Davis is a cool blue vision at the 2017 BAFTA Awards.

#13/21:

2012 Crystal + Lucy Awards

Apega/WENN
#13/21:

2012 Crystal + Lucy Awards

Viola Davis keeps it chic and simple in her LBD at the 2012 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.

#14/21:

2015 Glamour Women of the Year gala

WENN
#14/21:

2015 Glamour Women of the Year gala

Viola Davis definitely brought the glam to the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

#15/21:

Hollywood Film Awards 2011

Nikki Nelson/WENN
#15/21:

Hollywood Film Awards 2011

Viola Davis is glowing in green at the 2011 Hollywood Film Awards.

#16/21:

'Home' Screening

Brian To/WENN
#16/21:

'Home' Screening

Technically, it's a purple carpet, but Viola Davis is rocking the best accessory any working mom can — her gorgeous daughter.

#17/21:

The premiere of 'Law Abiding Citizen'

FayesVision/WENN
#17/21:

The premiere of 'Law Abiding Citizen'

Viola Davis rocks a shocking pink mini dress at the premiere of Law Abiding Citizen in 2009.

#18/21:

2010 Met Gala

Andres Otero/WENN
#18/21:

2010 Met Gala

Viola Davis snagged a coveted invitation to the Met Gala in 2010 and wore this gorgeous diaphanous gown in shades of purple.

#19/21:

2017 Oscars

Adriana M. Barraza/WENN
#19/21:

2017 Oscars

Viola Davis wears a stunning red mermaid gown on the night of her Oscar win for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her turn in Fences.

#20/21:

2012 SAG Awards

FayesVision/WENN
#20/21:

2012 SAG Awards

Viola Davis shines in a floaty white gown with gold accents at the 2012 SAG Awards.

#21/21:

'Time' 100 Gala

Patricia Schlein/WENN
#21/21:

'Time' 100 Gala

Viola Davis stuns in this asymmetrical off-the-shoulder gown at the 2017 Time 100 Gala.

Close

And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .

SheKnows is making some changes!

b h e a r d !

Welcome to the new SheKnows Community,

where you can share your stories, ideas

and CONNECT with millions of women.

Get Started