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Viola Davis Wins SAG Award For Oustanding Actress in A Drama Series

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Viola Davis has won her 3rd Screen Actors Guild Award! The 49 year old actress nabbed the award for Outstanding Performance by a female actress in a Drama Series for her role as Annalise Keating in How To Get Away With Murder, and of course she gave another heartfelt speech.

 “When I tell my daughter stories at night inevitably a few things happen, number one I use my imagination.  I always start with life and I build from there, and another thing that happens is she says ‘mommy can you put me in the story’. And you know it starts from the top up. So I’d like to thank Paulie, Shonda Rhymes, Betsey Beers, Bill Delaney, and Peter Norwalk for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman, could be a 49-year old, dark skinned African American woman who looks like me … Thank you to the Screen Actors Guild, and thank you to the people who love me just as God made me, and that’s my beautiful husband Julius, my 4 year old daughter at home Genesis, and my mother May Alice Davis.”

Davis, who  previously won two SAG awards for Best Actress for her role in The Help, was considered the favorite to win at this years award ceremony. She also won a People’s Choice Award for her role in the ABC drama, and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

“Viola, she’s an amazing actress. But one other thing is she doesn’t strain everyone with her process,” her HTGAWM co-star, Matt McGorry told HipHollywood while on the red carpet. “She is still cool and chill and really funny on set and that makes it a pleasure every day.”

Mistresses star and SAG-AFTRA National Board Member, Jason Winston George, also shared with HipHollywood during the red carpet how he feels about the Davis. “Anybody who knows Viola is not surprised,” he said. “She is a ridiculous actress, she’s beautiful and doing things on television that you’ve never seen a Black woman do.”

 

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Tracee Ellis Ross Spills The Real Tea On ‘Black-ish’ Wage Demands + Deon Cole, Jenifer Lewis Weigh In

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Tracee Ellis Ross is unveiling the truth behind recent reports that she was demanding more money for her time spent on ABC’s Black-ish.

Just last week, The Hollywood Reporter suggested Tracy was in negotiations and asking for more for not only going into her fourth season on the hit show, but because her male co-host, Anthony Anderson, makes significantly more than she does.

The report also claimed that if she didn’t make any headway, she might step away and consider guest starring on other shows.

Over the weekend, Ellis addressed the reports and didn’t exactly deny the claims. In a lengthy statement shared on social media, Ross said that she “was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show.”

She continued, “I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV.”

She did, however, confirm that claims there were threats are false. “I wish I could have been called by the reporter to confirm that,” she wrote.

Tracy’s statement falls right in line with what her co-stars, Deon Cole and Jenifer Lewis, explained to HipHollywood on Sunday night during the 2018 SAG Awards.

When asked about Ross’ desire to earn more money, Lewis said, “Tracee should have more money, you should have more money, every woman should have more money because we’ve been in the background too long. ”

Television’s favorite mom continued, “We’ve got grab her by the pussy in the White House and women are not standing for it anymore. Black-ish is a very important show, we are dealing with all the pressing issues of our time … This is the time to look it in the face and address it and come through the fire. Women are not taking it anymore.”

Deon also shut down rumors that Ross would be taking a back seat, telling us “There’s two sides to every story. Tracee is fine, everybody is fine, and everybody is getting paid. Everybody is eating. It’s all love I promise you.”

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