Viola Davis, Rashida Jones, Laverne Cox & More On The First Time They Felt Seen For Their Work



In celebration of Black History Month, Variety assembled a star-studded list of Black women awards season contenders for conversations about their craft, careers and experiences working in various (or at times multiple) sectors of the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera.

The group is made up of Stacey Abrams (“All In: The Fight for Democracy”), Radha Blank (“The Forty-Year-Old Version”), Laverne Cox (“Disclosure,” “Promising Young Woman”), Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”), Dominique Fishback (“Judas and the Black Messiah”), Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (“One Night in Miami”), Charlese Antoinette Jones (“Judas and the Black Messiah”), Jones (“On the Rocks”), Channing Godfrey Peoples (“Miss Juneteenth”) and Kerry Washington (“The Fight,” “The Prom”).

“What’s so beautiful about the movies this year is the representation of Black people on screen and Black women on screen, it’s really diverse,” actor, writer and director Rashida Jones said, surveying this year’s crop of awards season contenders. “‘Judas and the Black Messiah,’ next to ‘The Forty-Year-Old Version,’ next to ‘On the Rocks,’ next to ‘Ma Rainey,’ that’s a beautiful spread. Nobody can decide what it looks like to be a Black woman, because they’re all very different things.”

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