Viola Davis already knows how she’ll celebrate if she becomes an EGOT winner.
The ‘Woman King’ star just landed her first Grammy nomination for her 2022 memoir ‘Finding Me.’
If she wins, the actor will join EGOT’s elite group of winners – Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys – as the 18th member.
At the 13th Annual Governors Awards at Fairmount Century Plaza in Los Angeles this past Saturday, Davis spoke about his recent nomination and what it would mean to earn the EGOT honor.
“I felt pretty good,” Davis told Entertainment Tonight about win the nomination for her audiobook, which she narrated.
She nabbed the nod for best audiobook, narration and storytelling recording alongside nominees Mel Brooks (who already has an EGOT), Jamie Foxx, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Questlove.
Davis has a lead actress Emmy for “How to Get Away With Murder,” a supporting actress Oscar for “Fences” and two Tonys for “Fences” and “King Hedley II,” helping her achieve star status. EGOT.
If she won her first Grammy this year, she would join the ranks of only 17 people who have already won the EGOT, including john legend and Jennifer Hudson.
It would also make her the third black woman – alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Hudson – in the rare venture.
“It’s a surreal title to have,” Davis told the entertainment outlet of the potential to win EGOT. “And I thought about it, and I was like, ‘If I can pull this off, I might invite myself to dinner. “”
“And you know, I don’t celebrate my wins,” Davis added. “But I would celebrate this victory.”
Speaking about what drives her in her decades-long Hollywood career, the actor told Elle Women in Hollywood 2011, “What keeps me in the business is hope.”
“And that’s the hope that women of color are also part of the narrative, that our stories are just as powerful, because we also have the power to transform. We also have the power to be quirky and sexy and different, funny, heartfelt and all those things,” she added at the Elle tribute event.
Up next for Davis, she’s set to play a deformed villain in Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” prequel, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents.”
The dystopian action-adventure also stars previously announced cast members Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”) as Lucy Gray Baird, Tom Blyth (“Billy the Kid”) as young Coriolanus Snow. , Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Jason Schwartzman (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) and Hunter Schafer (“Euphoria”).
“The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents” is set to hit theaters on November 17, 2023.