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Beyond Awards Season: Why Viola Davis Really Matters

How To Get Away With Murder, the suspenseful whodunit, executively produced by TV show-runner Shonda Rhimes, is a bonafide hit. The weekly drama keeps fans coming back with its shockingly murderous plot twists. Its luminous star, Viola Davis, leaves viewers enthralled as the powerful and enigmatic law professor, Annalise Keating.

Davis’ HGTAWM performances are compelling and multi-dimensional. So much so that she has earned SAG, Golden Globe and NAACP Image Award nominations for lead actress in a television drama. She also won an award at this year’s People’s Choice Awards.

According to Deadline‘s Nellie Andreeva, Davis’s SAG nomination is an especially rare feat, given that freshman series’ stars are rarely honored: “There’s a tremendous amount of inertia among SAG Award voters who tend to stick with favorites and neglect newcomers.” (The SAG Awards will air live on January 25, 2015 on TNT and TBS. The Golden Globes aired on January 11, and Davis lost in her category to Ruth Wilson of Showtime’s The Affair.)

As a fan of both Davis and the show, I’m excited that she continues to be recognized by fans and critics alike. I am also hopeful that, with these nominations, there will be less emphasis on controversy, and more media coverage highlighting the qualities that make Davis the memorable and impactful artist that she is.

From the moment Davis entered the Thursday night line-up on ABC, there’s been drama. And I’m not just referring to the shocking lines she delivers each week on HTGAWM.

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