Meet the 2017 Academy Awards Nominees: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

It's Academy Awards season! With so many beautiful and powerful performances, I thought it would be fun to learn a little bit more about the nominees in each category and their journey leading up to the big night on February 26th.


1st up: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Meet Viola Davis

Fences

Hometown: Central Falls, Rhode Island


Training: Rhode Island College, The Juilliard School


Big Break: A stage and film actress, Viola started her career on stage winning an Obie Award for her performance in “Everybody’s Ruby” (1999) and winning the Tony Award for her work in “King Hedley II” (2001). Her breakthrough film role though came in 2008 with her Oscar-winning work in “Doubt.”


Fun Fact: Viola grew up in poverty and her father was a horse groomer and her mother worked at factory and as a maid.

Meet Naomie Harris

Moonlight

Hometown: London, England


Training: Cambridge (Social and Political Sciences), Bristol Old Vic Theatre School


Big Break: Although she began her career as a child actress on the London children's series "Simon and the Witch" (1987), a series of big breaks came with popular films like "28 Days Later" (2002), "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2006, 2007), "Skyfall" (2012), and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (2013).


Fun Fact: Naomie cries at the most random things. Like seeing a flower or getting a hug from her sister.