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Viola Davis named Best Supporting Actress for ‘Fences’ at 2017 SAG Awards

Actress Viola Davis has been honored with a SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Fences” at the 23rd Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards tonight, Sunday, January 29, 2017, at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, California. The yearly SAG Awards honor the best in motion pictures and television for the prior calendar year. The 23rd Annual SAG Awards ceremony was televised live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT).

In “Fences,” Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball's color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. Both Washington and co-star Viola Davis won Tonys for their performances in the 2010 revival of the play. Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson round out the supporting cast.

This is the fifth SAG Award win for Viola Davis and the actress is the front runner for winning the Oscar in February.

“Fences” is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references and has a run-time of 139 minutes.

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