Viola Davis Wears Her Hair Natural at the Academy Awards

02/26/2012 at 07:30 PM ET

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Looks like she took her husband’s advice! After making waves with her striking short hairstyle on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Viola Davis admitted that, thanks to encouragement from hubby Julius Tennon, she was planning to embrace her natural locks — and at Sunday’s Academy Awards, she did just that.

Offsetting her rich reddish crop with an emerald-hued Vera Wang gown and glamorous green earrings, Davis looked completely comfortable — and totally stunning — as she walked down the carpet to take her seat in the theater as a best actress nominee for The Help. Says the star of changing up her style, “It gives me flavor. It makes me feel like I’m spicing up my life a bit.”

Tell us: Are you glad Davis rocked her natural locks at the Oscars?

–Alex Apatoff

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Herbert Lee Todd on

I love the natural look on Ms. Davis. I know when playing a role, directors want a women to look a certain way and sisters find themselves wearing wigs. But a sister in natural hair works me in a way no wig will ever do. And I also LIKE what that dress is doing to her boob!

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Cheryl Bates on

Viola looks absolutely beautiful!!! Good for her! She has given me the courage to rock my natural hair.

Keya Allen-Littleton on

This natural style for Viola was done by stylist Jamika Wilson, owner of Identity Salon in Carson, Ca. I think Jamika really managed to bring out the best look for Viola, she looks younger and you can focus on her wonderful facial features.

Renee on

She looked beautiful! I admire her for doing it and opening the door for other black women to appreciate the beauty of their hair.
Women need to stop beating themselves up for not looking like the woman on the magazine cover and embrace the beauty within and without that God has blessed them with.
Kudos to Ms. Davis!

Pearl Gilchrist on

Viola Davis looks great!!! She is beautiful and that natural hair style is fantastic. I only wish I could get my hair to look as good. She is rocking that style and the dress. Go on Ms. Davis.

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