Viola Davis' Best Red Carpet Looks Deserve an Oscar of Their Own

Viola Davis is nominated for an Oscar for the fourth time at the 2021 Oscars. She has showcased many dazzling look on the red carpet over the years. See her best styles.

By Corinne Heller Apr 18, 2021 1:00 AMTags
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Viola Davis is nominated for an Oscar for the fourth time at the 2021 ceremony.

At this year's show, set to take place on Sunday, April 25, the 55-year-old actress competes for the leading actress award for her performance in the Netflix movie Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

Davis won her first Oscar for her supporting role in the period drama film Fences in 2017. At that year's award show, she stunned in a shoulder-baring scarlet Armani Privé halter gown and a pixie cut with side-swept bangs. As an Oscar winner, the actress was invited back the following year to present an award at the 2018 Oscars. There, Davis turned heads as she walked the red carpet in a sleeveless, shimmering bubblegum pink Michael Kors gown. She paired the look with a matching clutch and had her hair styled in long curls.

The actress has showcased many dazzling looks on the red carpet, including at the Oscars and at other major award shows and celebrity events.

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See photos of Viola Davis' best red carpet looks over the years:

Lovely in Lime

In Louis Vuitton at the 2021 SAG Awards.

Bold & Beautiful

In Duro Olowu at the 2021 NAACP Image Awards. 

Black and White

In Alberta Ferretti at the 2019 Emmys.

Pretty in Pink

In Michael Kors at the 2018 Oscars.

Pantsuit Perfection

In Brandon Maxwell at Vanity Fair's 2017 Oscars party.

Cold-Shoulder Queen

In Armani Privé at the 2017 Oscars.

Brilliant in Blue

In Jenny Packham at the 2017 British Academy Film Awards.

Stunning in Silk

In Vivienne Westwood at the 2017 SAG Awards.

Bright and Beautiful

In Michael Kors at the 2017 Golden Globes

Winter White

In Christian Siriano at her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in 2017.

Pops of Pink

In Cinq a Sept at a Fences screening in 2016.

Bluetifully Elegant

In Michael Kors at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Simply Stunning

In Max Mara at the 2015 SAG Awards.

Slay Viola, Slay

In Marchesa at the 2016 Golden Globes.


In Carmen Marc Valvo at the 2015 Emmys.

Queen of the Night

In Zac Posen at the 2015 Oscars.

You Better Werk!

In Max Mara at the 2015 Oscars.

Scarlet Lady

In Donna Karan Atelier at the 2015 Golden Globes.

Tickled Pink

In Escada at the 2015 People's Choice Awards.

She Blue Us Away

In Escada at the 2014 Emmys.

What a Gem!

In Escada at the 2015 Oscars.

Goddess Divine

In Monique Lhuillier at the 2013 SAG Awards.

It's the Simple Things

In Max Mara at the 2012 International Night Of Stars.

Ever So Emerald

In Vera Wang at the 2012 Oscars.

Red Carpet Royalty

In Marchesa at the 2012 SAG Awards.

A Leg Up

In Emilio Pucci at the 2012 Golden Globes.

Golden Goddess

In Reem Acra at the 2009 Oscars.

All Smiles

In Max Azria at the 2009 Golden Globes.

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