Mumbai: Davis received the Harvard foundation 2017 'Artist of the Year' award, recently, at Harvard's Cultural Rhythms Festival in Cambridge.
According to Harvard Gazette, S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation said, "The students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation are delighted to present the acclaimed television and film artist Viola Davis with the ‘2017 Artist of the Year Award’."
"Our student committee praised her outstanding contributions to American and international film and theater. She recently received the Critics' Choice, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and British Academy of Films and Television Arts awards, as well as an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of August Wilson's play 'Fences'," Counter added.
The 51 year-old received 'Best Supporting Actress' award at this year's Oscars, for 'Fences' and also bagged Critics' Choice, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA awards for her portrayal of Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of ' Fences', an August Wilson play.
She also acted in the play's 2010 Broadway revival, with Denzel Washington, which earned her a Tony award.
Previous winners of this award includes, Quincy Jones, Shakira, Andy Garcia, Salma Hayek and Matt Damon.