Viola Davis wows as she attends the 2023 Palm Springs Film Festival
Viola Davis beamed in a colorful ensemble as she walked the star-studded red carpet at the 34th annual Palm Springs Film Festival alongside her husband of almost 20 years, Julius Tennon, on Thursday.
The Oscar winner, 57, opted for a one-of-a-kind tonal blue and red gown before accepting the Chairman’s Award during the special ceremony at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
The talented star was joined at the event by Tennon just after the couple opened up their lavish Los Angeles home for the latest issue of Architectural Digest.
Beaming: Viola Davis, 57, gave a stunning performance as she attended the 34th annual Palm Springs Film Festival along with other stars on Thursday
The Help actress wore a vibrant short-sleeved blue and red dress to attend the festival.
The dress had a V-neckline and pockets on the sides, which Viola slipped her hands into as she posed for a selection of stylish snaps on the red carpet.
The Golden Globe winner added a pair of gold and turquoise earrings to match the color scheme of her overall glam look for the evening.
The How To Get Away With Murder alum also slipped into a pair of chic, closed-toe black heels.
Supportive: The Oscar winner’s husband of almost 20 supported his wife by also attending the star-studded festival
A splash of color! The Help actress wore a colorful short-sleeved blue and red dress to attend the festival
Viola’s husband and fellow actor looked dapper in a classic navy check suit jacket and charcoal suit pants. He chose brown dress shoes and a brown and white striped tie pulled tight around the collar of his dress shirt.
The two lovebirds happily paused for some memorable snaps together before heading into the venue before the festivities began.
Not long after the ceremony began, Viola received the Chairman’s Award for her performance and work as an actress and producer on the 2022 film The Woman King.
The premise of the critically acclaimed “historical epic” is “inspired by true events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries,” according to an IMDB synopsis.
Presenter: Actress Cate Blanchett presented Viola with the Chairman’s Award during Thursday’s ceremony
Emotional moment: The Golden Globe winner gave a heartfelt speech to the guests after entering the stage
Upset! The talented star was pictured with a joyful smile on her face as she took the stage to gratefully accept the Palm Springs Film Festival Award
Recognition: Viola received the award for her work as the lead actress and producer of the 2022 film The Woman King
Cate Blanchett presented Viola with the intricately constructed statuette and the two actresses quickly embraced and kissed her lightly on the cheeks.
According to The Desert Sun, a Palm Springs-based publication, the Fences star referenced the 1994 classic, The Shawshank Redemption, when speaking to the audience.
“Sometimes the journey for black actors is having this little hammer and chisel hacking at this block, an industry that says, ‘You can’t do a global box office…'” she explained.
Viola emotionally added, “We chiseled away and tried to swim through their p**s and s**t because the hammer and the chisel is all we’ve got.”
“Whether as an actress or producer, Viola Davis brings powerful stories to the screen,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner, according to a press release.
Honored: Festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a press release: “Whether acting or producing, Viola Davis brings powerful stories to the screen.”
Special night: The talented actresses posed together throughout the night for a series of unforgettable photos
“In The Woman King, Davis continues to prove she’s a force of nature in this groundbreaking performance about the leader of the Agojie, a unit of all-female warriors,” he continued, adding that the award ceremony for the actress was a ‘huge success’ to honor.’
Just before the festival took place, Viola and her longtime partner Julius, who also starred as Moru in The Woman King, opened their doors to welcome Architectural Digest to their bright and stunningly decorated LA home.
The lovebirds have lived in the home with their daughter Genesis, 12, for a total of five years.
Speaking to the publication, the star revealed that both she and her husband “were working in South Africa filming The Woman King while the renovation was taking place and we were inspired by the incredible color and culture there.” I always want to be big and bold, but not too bold, not gaudy.’
Grateful: According to The Desert Sun, the Fences star referenced the 1994 classic, The Shawshank Redemption, during her acceptance speech
Incredible Achievement: Viola received the award because “Davis continues to prove she’s a force of nature in The Woman King in this groundbreaking performance about the leader of the Agojie, a unit of all-female warriors.” Added festival chairman
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