Academy Award Winner’s Viola Davis’s Bold, Primary-Hued Style Evolution

While most actresses stick to the traditional LBD or shiny metallic on the red carpet, Viola Davis can always be counted on to brighten up any awards show with a bright, notice-me dress in a bold color. Yellow, blue, green, red–you name it, Davis has worn it. This year, Davis was a constant highlight on the red carpet scene thanks to her role in Fences, which garnered her a Supporting Actress statue at the 2017 Academy Awards. Since her early days on the fashion scene, Davis has embraced a bold hue, culminating on the bright crimson off-the-shoulder floor-length design by Armani Prive to collect her Oscar statuette, which also made her the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy and a Tony Award. In honor of her birthday, at look back at some of the actresses best looks over the course of her illustrious career.


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


Lime green is not a typical hue for a major awards show, but Davis made it work for the 64th Annual Tony Awards.


Another green moment for Davis arrives at the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala in 2011.


Davis attendded the The Academy’s 3rd Annual Governors Award Dinner in 2011 in gilded white.


A vision in red, Davis attends the 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards at Hollywood Palladium on January 12, 2012.


At the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards in 2012, Davis wore a gorgeous emerald green gown.


Showing off her legs in caped burgundy, Davis arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2012.


With a stunning jade dress at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, Davis kept her beauty look natural.


Davis channeled a Grecian goddess at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.


Davis arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2013 in one-shouldered turquoise.


Yellow but most certainly not mellow at the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards in 2013.


ZIg-zagging in electric blue, Davis arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Ender’s Game in 2013.


Another Academy Awards red carpet, another jaw-dropping green gown, here in 2014.


A feminine and flirty look for a premiere screening of her hit television show How To Get Away With Murder.


A dramatic crimson moment at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2015.


Davis attends TNT’s 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in a white halter gown.


Taking home the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for How to Get Away With Murder, Davis steps out in a rare print.


Davis arrives at the The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards in a stunning beaded turquoise moment.


Opting for a jumpsuit over the classic gown, Davis arrives at the 10th Annual Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party.


Contrasting blue stripes make for a statement moment at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards.


To take home her Best Supporting Actress award, Davis chose a scarlet gown by Armani.


Viola Davis attends the Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City.


Viola Davis attends the Disney ABC Television Group TCA summer press tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.