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Real Talk, Viola Davis’s Spontaneous Snot Bubble In Fences Should Have Won An Oscar Too

It’s been over a week since Viola Davis won her first Academy Award for her portrayal of “Rose” in Denzel Washington’s screen adaptation of August Wilson’s iconic and devastating Fences; bringing her one step closer to coveted EGOT statusWhich means it’s been over a week since the biggest travesty of awards season took place. And I’m not referring to Casey Affleck’s win over Denzel and his knife-twisting laud of Denzel when accepting the award, which was like a dude telling the chick with an unrequited crush on him she’d “make a great girl for someone,” and texting her this message from his new girlfriend’s phone.

No, the travesty was Viola Davis’s Best Supporting Actress win. Anyone who’s seen the movie or has any familiarity with the play know there’s nothing “supporting” at all about Rose’s role in Fences. She’s as important to the play as Troy is, is on screen just as much, and has just as many important lines and moments. She should have been nominated for (and won) Best Actress.

Also, Viola did not deserve to win Best Supporting. Because if she’s in her rightful place as Best Actress, the real Best Supporting Actress recognition should have been giving to the spontaneous snot bubble she produced while giving her landscape-shifting speech to Troy.

Seriously, this snot conjures the spirits of Marlon Brando, Orson Welles, and Harriet Tubman, puts them in a blender, and spills them on the screen. You will never see a finer performance, a more compelling gathering of phlegm, and a more heart-wrenching reason to hand someone a tissue and a tub of hand sanitizer. It’s BlackGirlMagic snot. The Lemonade of cinematic saliva.

Viola Davis will continue to win awards and will continue to be as consistently awesome and awe-inspiring as she’s always been. Which is why we need to remember that snot. We’ll never see anything like that again.

#Weareallthatsnotbubble.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com and EBONY Magazine. And a founding editor for 1839. And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • CozyVon

    I thought I was the only one who caught this, lol. The ancestors approved the authenticity of that snot bubble like:

    http://giphy.com/gifs/blackgirlmagic-black-girl-magic-26BRMnAOOCk3U6P5e

  • MysteryMeat

    All on cue too it was perfect lol

  • Freebird

    She’s the world greatest living actor. Period. And she could be one of my baby mamas post snot bubble.

    • She, truly, is!!!! And will take that wig off on your ayus in a minute.

      • Freebird

        I felt bad like I had a break baby on her after this scene in Fences.

        • miss t-lee

          You should have…lol

          • Freebird

            Im good to the women I relation with. Most of the time.

            • miss t-lee

              I certainly hope so.

              • Freebird

                It ain’t always easy. Good it not always respected, but I tries.

        • Janelle Doe

          She really is THAT good; every time she side eyes Frank on HTGAWM i feel rejection and abandonment
          #dontjudgeme

    • Wise Old Owl

      Yes, she is. As a Black Man, I cried for character, when Denzel cheated on her and brought home the baby…she made you feel the pain and suffering…and burdens that many Black women bear to keep their families together…if you have Black Mommas, Sisters, and daughters you had sympathy for her character, because her acting is so real and her emotions are so raw…She should have been nominated for Best Actress and Denzel should have won Best Director and Actor and beat $exual harassing little brother Affleck…

      • Freebird

        That’s exactly how I felt.

        That scene is one of the great scenes in black movie history because of what she was able to say and how well she communicated her feelings to Troy. She said a lot of things in a way that spoke to the problems in black relationships, things born from both genders. No woman could have played that role better.

        • Wise Old Owl

          I agree…I could feel the pain of my female ancestors in that scene…

      • Maxine Shaw

        Spoilers, ahoy!

        • Wise Old Owl

          Sorry…I figured most have already have seen it…

  • SoonToBeMrs

    #Respekthesnot
    #ForitisthesnotthatledtoanOscar

  • miss t-lee

    That snot is what made that scene so dayum real.

  • miss t-lee
    • NonyaB?

      Jinx! I said as much.

    • Jae Starz

      I wasn’t going to say anything…

  • cakes_and_pies

    That snot bubble represents all the vulnerability, hurt, sorrow, and disappointed built up in a marriage. This snot bubble is saying “Look at me. SEE ME.”

    • miss t-lee

      Winner.

  • Duncan Frame

    Where’s the lie. I can’t find it.

  • NonyaB?

    You so silly, DayMoan. BTW, it’s Flem “phlegm”.

    • TheUnsungStoryteller

      Hahaha!!! I noticed that too.

  • Val

    Lol Yeah, Viola does snot well. This isn’t her first use of it. She had some good snot action going on in Doubt too.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1524aa875f0ce44fdb3a0baa5088d23e39c1cb404964c2d58f57710b32450968.jpg

    • Courtney Wheeler

      She destroyed that scene. To make such a impact with such small screen time…

      • cyanic

        See Beatrice Straight in Network (1976).

    • TheUnsungStoryteller

      THAT IS MY MOVIE!!! That was the first time I saw Viola. I was mesmerized. She’s owns a movie even if she’s not the main character. I want her and Meryl to play in another movie together!!!

      • miss t-lee

        “I want her and Meryl to play in another movie together!!!”

        Also!

    • miss t-lee

      Yeah, she killed in Doubt.
      Heyll, who am I kidding, she kills in everything!

    • cakes_and_pies

      Has she ever had a “soft” role that played exclusively to her femininity?

      • Val

        Good question. I don;t recall seeing her in a role like that.

      • miss t-lee

        She done it a bit in HTGAWM, but not a lot.
        Her scenes with Nate, and Wes, and sometimes Bonnie, but it’s minimal.

        • cakes_and_pies

          That gets cancelled out by her “All my life I had to fight” strut/walk she does in the show.

          • miss t-lee

            Her walk is a bit…rough…lol

      • cyanic

        Rose Maxson is the most feminine she’s ever appeared on screen to me.

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