Viola Davis wins Harvard award

Geraldine Cooper

Just days after she was named Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars, Viola Davis received another accolade as she was named Harvard's Artist of the Year 2017.

Davis attended the Harvard Foundation's Cultural Rhythms Festival where she watched a series of cultural musical performances by students.

In her acceptance speech, the actress talked about her years at Julliard, a transformative experience she had as a student abroad in the Gambia, and the power of the arts.

She promised to "try to live up" to the award.

In addition to her Oscar, Davis received the Critics' Choice, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and British Academy of Films and Television Arts awards for her portrayal of Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of "Fences," an August Wilson play.

Davis also won a Tony Award for the 2010 Broadway revival of the play.

Previous winners of the Harvard award include Quincy Jones, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon, Salma Hayek and Shakira.

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