Viola Davis in Escada at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards

Posted on October 23, 2013



Viola Davis attends the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills, California in an Escada dress accessorized with Marina B Jewelry Earrings and Jimmy Choo heels.

Maria B Jewelry ‘Troc’ Earrings

The makeup, hair, dress, shoes and earrings: Love it all. She nailed it, we’d say. We love how that shade of yellow has a warm tone to it, which looks great with her coloring. We also love how ridiculously plain this dress is. Simple neckline and shape, hem hitting right at the knee. The interest all comes from the color and the embellishment, which stops just on the right side of being too much.  We’d have loved a bangle or cuff.

She’s still using too much shimmer on her arms.





[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans, Izumi Hasegawa/,,]

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  • Damned near perfect, and she knows it, and that is a good thing.

    • Dress might be a centimeter/half-inch too snug at the hips, but I can hardly hold that against her when the total effect is so good.

  • kipper

    She looks FANTASTIC !!! ( what is shimmer exactly ? )

    • quiltrx

      That really fine glittery stuff–kind of makes the skin look iridescent. It’s what’s making her arms look ashy.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    Those earrings are $16,000, I can see why. (not really but you know).

    • marlie

      That just hurts.

    • formerlyAnon

      As much as I enjoy looking at people dolled up in fancy clothes, shoes & accessories, I avoid knowing what it costs. For my mental health it’s Best Not To Know.

    • Pfft! Is that all? Just walking around money, as far as I’m concerned.

    • 3boysful

      Dang it! I had already fallen in love with them.

  • MsKitty


  • Wow! This is one of the beautifully done red carpet moments that is also wholly doable in real life, by non stars. Though, it will help if those non stars also share her coloring. The contrast is striking and so warm. Just gorgeous!!

  • SewingSiren

    She hit the nail on the head this time. I love the color, the silhouette , and the beading. But most of all I love the hair.

    • gabbilevy

      Between Viola and Lupita, we may finally have the beginning of something on the natural hair front. As a curly myself (who shops in the natural hair section of the drug store), this warms my heart.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I was just thinking the same thing-I love her when she goes with her natural hair.Viola is gorgeous,and in these photos she looks stunning and confident. Bowing.

  • ashtangajunkie

    She looks like a million. I absolutely love that dress. On Viola Davis, but also on me.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Gorgeous. I wonder why she thinks that shimmer is flattering.

    • MilaXX

      In person the bronzer gives off a warm glow and isn’t really noticeable, however like certain face powders under high definition cameras, the reflective particles “bounce back” off the flash and it makes her arms look ashy.

      • Kimbolina

        I’m surprised stylists/makeup artists don’t dress stars more for the camera than in person. Far more people will be seeing photos from an event than actually attending it. Wouldn’t it make more sense to ensure that celebs look good in the pictures?

        • MilaXX

          Tough call. There are loads of people in attendance who will be critiquing the look as well. I think MUA are mostly styling for venue.

  • MoHub

    And this isn’t a WERQ because …?

    • boweryboy

      Maybe it’s too plain?

  • crash1212

    This wasn’t a WERQ due to excess arm shimmer?

  • Susan

    Love, love, love her hair. Also the dress, etc., but so glad to see her gorgeous hair!

  • Diego!

    She looks amazing! <3

  • MilaXX

    Love this look and covet those earrings.

  • boweryboy

    She looks good, but a bit under dressed for the occasion. My initial thoughts were how simple and basic this is. I would consider this more of a luncheon dress than an awards dress.

  • sk8tfan

    Fab! I love the embellishments at the sides, which emphasize her curves and are more flattering than those silly cutouts that are all the thing right now.

  • Introspective

    beautiful. a knockout. happy she’s rocking the fro and the color is lovely with her skin. lupita and viola are ushering in a moment where dark skinned actresses are shining on the RC. and Im loving it.

    • MaggieMae

      Go Team Natural Hair!

  • mmebam

    I want that dress.

  • NMMagpie

    All kinds of fabulous.

  • sagecreek

    SO GORGEOUS. Plus, she looks like she’d be fun to hang out with. I just love her.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Girl does not need any bit of shimmer from a bottle…she RADIATES.

  • Chickadeep

    Love, love, love that she lets her natural hair do its thing. She looks perfectly polished and all kinds of fabulous.

  • mjude

    a mini bow down. love her

  • marlie

    I like this! I love that the ladies of color are bringing the color to the runway, considering we’ve been in a sea of mostly black clothes for the last couple of weeks.

  • Charmella…a DIVA at large!

    Stunning!…and I want a dozen tubes of that lipstick!

  • JauntyJohn


  • teensmom99

    So can only women of color wear yellow? And I need those earrings and I am not an earring person. And I guess I need the dress in a jewel tone that would be more flattering on my pale skin!

    • KinoEye

      I think most of the time, yellow is a lot more flattering on women of color — I’m pale as they come, so yellow is usually not my friend, much as I love it. But Julianne Moore looked lovely in that yellow dress she had on the other week. You never know til you try it out, I guess!

  • Danielle

    God I love her natural hair. She was WERQing it on Ellen this week!

  • formerlyAnon

    She’s edging into that territory where I just *expect* an excellent look from her, and will shortly start to take it for granted. Not there yet, but heading there.

  • Lilithcat

    Fabulous. Especially the earrings! Which would be mine if they didn’t cost $16,000.

    • Nancer

      I know! They are beautiful. And I am so happy to see a star wearing dangle earrings.

  • Zaftiguana

    God damn, she looks amazing.

  • conniemd

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous yellow orangy color on her.

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    So love her! But I agree on the shimmer. It’s making her skin look a little dry and ashy.

  • LJCdoc


  • Nancer


  • imakeart

    Fabulous! Love it all, but especially the earrings.

  • Tracy_Flick

    She and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are drinking the same virgin blood, or have portraits growing old in an attic somewhere. Amazingly gorgeous and sexy.

  • fungstyle

    Maybe it’s just that they were both in yellow in their most recent posts, but I feel like she and Lupita could be cast as Mother/Daughter.

  • Joanna

    I literally gasped when I saw this. Anyone who can wear this color SHOULD, and Miss Davis CAN.

  • LaSylphide

    Glorious. And those earrings!!!

  • KinoEye

    She and Lupita are giving me life today. Love the hair, dress, earrings, and her in general.

  • Love the color and her, but it seems a tad tight across the middle. Minor cavil, though. She really looks great!

  • ThaliaMenninger


  • BrooklynBomber

    Wow. I only wish it wasn’t pulling under the bust and at the hips, but she looks so good that those things seem minor.

  • D J H

    I’m trying to think of an instance where shimmer looks attractive on a dark-skinned woman. Seems like the shimmer has a silver/white undertone that doesn’t work. Maybe there is gold/bronze/copper shimmer for women of color?

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour


  • willworktomorrow

    That’s a WERQ in my book.

  • Donyelle

    It’s not added shimmer. When you moisturize brown skin, it glistens in strobe light.

    • CKMia

      ^ Mademoiselle Donyelle be knowin’.

  • JDreesen


    sorry. having a moment. just need to know that the Tic-Tacs and the Carefree-to-Goes are being cared for properly while all these step and repeats are being stepped and repeated.

  • Trickytrisha

    That is one hell of a flattering dress. On the right woman. She’s the right woman. Madly gorgeous.

  • ItsDicey

    Hot dayum. Gorgeous!

  • unbornfawn

    Stunning woman.

  • carnush

    Beautiful. Those earrings are amazing.

  • Michelle Gennari


  • Renaissance_Man_ATL