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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Nicole on

She looks great!

librababe on

She looks gorgeous as always. I love it. <3

L on

WOW she looks great!!!

bayoubaby on

i love it . i will do the same this summer.

René on

Beautiful!

funkytown on

she couldn’t look more beautiful!! i love her.

Ruth on

I went to Rhode Island College with Viola. We used to give her such a hard time for being different. Even then she was a great actress and she can also sing. I never imagined she would achieve this amount of success, so congratulations Viola from your PEP and RIC classmates.

LT on

Not a huge fan of what that dress is doing to her boobs (ouch!) but her face and hair are STUNNING!

nanny 5722 on

Loose the wig all together ! You’re beautiful.

nimanie on

Radiant beauty..setting a totally new standard! Love it!

lovin' it!!! on

Classy, beautiful, stunning, edgy, gorgeous and a wonderful style icon!!!!!!!!!!

John West on

Yuck!!! – it looks unprofessional!!! – not the place to make a statement.

Suie Sampson on

Love It! SHe looks great.

Miranda on

Love her as an actress, but not without hair. The dress is truly beauitful but it needs hair!

Tonia on

I told my husband earlier that I hope whe went wigless to the Oscars so I was pleased to see that she did. Go Viola!!!

d on

She is beautiful.

Pat on

Love the hair. Not a fan of the dress. Agree with LT – looks painful. But V definitely seems to be a fan of showing a lot of cleavage.

kateioa on

OMFG OMFG! A black woman with no wig. I have never seen such a thing. CALL PEOPLE, CALL ALL THE PRESS! HOLY COW! I can’t believe it! Holy COW! The most amazing thing in the entire universe since Beyonce gave birth! what??? HOW????? NO WIG? seriously, i think it’s a little racist to make such a big deal about this. I know plenty of ladies who are au natural and proud – like 99% of the people i know.

brandi on

She looks awesome! Now, if only Hollywood would take notice and stop putting wigs on beautiful black women and let us just be who we are. Its a shame that the only way we can get roles is to wear our hair in a European fashion. Unless the role specifically calls for it, leave our hair alone.

Marilyn on

FAB-U-VIOLA!!! You go, girl!!!

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Karen on

love it, she looks so much younger and fresher without that those wigs. You are rocking your do Viola!!

jay on

Viola can get it!!! lol

helen on

Come to Australia and you will be hard put finding a woman with African-heritage wearing a wig – EVER. Viola Davis is doing the most normal thing ever for an Aussie – so good on her!

Hunter Wolfe on

She rocked the look! I just did this very thing to my natural locks today, and it is such a great look for a woman of color, and many women can wear this look, not just black women! Mine is salt and pepper and it needs such little work, and I can do it in under 20 mins, and that includes a wash and conditioning, so it rocks for that alone!!

Cole on

I luv it.

deets on

It is so, so sad that in 2012 a black woman wearing her hair naturally is considered “making a statement.” John West should be ashamed of himself. She looks absolutely gorgeous.

D on

She is beautiful on the inside and it radiates outward so she looks great no matter what.

jan is on

What is the big deal about hair? Get over it America!

E-hustle Online on

She looks absolutely beautiful@

Beth Campbell on

Viola looks smokin’ sexy! Or as my kids would say “SMEXY!” I love that she has embraced her natural hair! She is a beautiful woman of color and an awesome actress! I can’t wait to see her next project!

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B Kemp on

love love it is Beautiful

Renee on

Since when is wearing your hair in it’s natural state “making a statement?” John West…you cannot be that obtuse…then again…

Vanity on

She looks great but whats the big deal lol..Is this really a headline.

Renee on

Why is this such a big thing? She looks great but I’m still trying to figure out why Viola wearing her hair its natural state is newsworthy.

Lena on

She looks stunning. So beautiful, I love it!

pamela on

viola you look stunning. you are the winner in my book

pamela on

volia you look BEAUTIFUL AND STUNNING YOU ARE THE WINNER IN MY BOOK.

Zoe on

Viola looked just beautiful. Her beauty radiates from the inside out and that’s what its all about. I love her. I know she has to wear wigs for roles but I say do YOU when your working that red carpet or for everyday and stop trying to please Hollywood. The wigs make her look older. I like her natural hair, it looks great!

Samantha on

Viola looked great! Beautiful hair, beautiful dress … all the way around – perfect.

Bobbi on

Beautiful Lady!

chris on

Yea, I am so glad that she didn’t wear a wig. She looked AMAZING!!

Kim on

She looks beautiful! I wish more actresses and other high-profile black artists would revert to their natural hair. I am so tired of seeing young blacks, who can’t afford expensive stylists, wearing long, luxurious hair in various hues, that really look ridiculous. Maybe Viola’s new look will start a whole new trend.

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AJ on

I think she’s beautiful! I wish more stars were as bold and beautiful as she is!

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Heidi on

No whig can compete with that hair. She looks stunning!

Kim Wattman on

Viola is stunning, wish I could pull of a short do like her! I feel she got ripped off too,she should have won an ocscar, she is a pheonomenal actress, she has come a long way since Antwoine Fisher.

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christa on

Love, love, love it.

Thel on

She looked beautiful!

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LA on

So many of these African American women look simply WONDERFUL with their own hair. A fine example is above.

More of them ought to ditch the wigs….and look prettier and more real in their own hair.

This gorgeous woman is a fine testament to that.

RobinJay on

She looks gorgeous and I LOVE her hair but that dress simply looks like it doesn’t fit on top. One wrong move and the girls would be falling out all over the place. With just a little more covered up, she would have been totally stunning! I love Viola!

Sandy on

I must say..one of my faves was Viola Davis. She looked amazing in her Vera Wang emerald green gown and so beautiful with her naturally short hair! I hope to see her in her short do more going forward!

As much as I adore Meryl Streep, I was hoping to see you win Best Actress for “The Help”. You are a true winner. Love you, Viola!

skyangl55 on

She looks gorgeous without her wigs/weaves,they are a pain to deal weith on a daily basis so natural and easy wins again.She’s just beautiful anyway she wears her hair.

Patricia Mortazavi on

NO MORE WIGS FOR YOU, YOU ARE GORGEOUS!!!!!

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Michael Danso on

What’s NOT to be glad about? Look at her !!! She is “naturally” drop dead gorgeous!!..

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Charm Charm on

I love it…she is an inspiration to us all…

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Victoria Wood on

I think Viola looked amazing in her natural hair!!I was told she would be wearing the custom wig I made for her, and lovely at it is….she made the right choice. She is beautiful !!

Victoria Wood on

I thought Viola looked amazing in her own natural hair!!! I was told she would be wearing the custom wig I made for her, and lovely as it is, she made the right choice. Viola, you are beautiful!!

Tasha on

LOVE THE HAIR U MAKE ME WANT TO DO THE SAME…..

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.

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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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chris on

NEVER EVER GO BACK TO WEAVES WIGS ETC! THIS IS A AMAZING LOOK! I DIDNT EVEN NOTICE WHO SHE WAS AT FIRST!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

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