Viola Davis named Harvard 'Artist of the Year'

Viola Davis. (AP)
Viola Davis. (AP)

Cambridge— Fresh from her best supporting actress Oscar win for her role in Fences, Viola Davis received the Harvard Foundation 2017 Artist of the Year Award.

Davis accepted her arts medal at a ceremony Saturday at Harvard's Cultural Rhythms Festival.

In addition to the Oscar, Davis received the Critics' Choice, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and British Academy of Films and Television Arts awards for her portrayal of Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of Fences, an August Wilson play.

Davis co-starred in the play's 2010 Broadway revival with Denzel Washington. Her performance in the play earned her a Tony award.

Davis currently stars in the television show, How to Get Away with Murder.

Previous winners include Quincy Jones, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon, Salma Hayek and Shakira.

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