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Oscar Video: Oprah Winfrey Interviews Viola Davis on Success, Isolation, and Acting

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood February 18, 2012 at 2:00PM

During Oprah's Oscar Special on Wednesday, Winfrey at her best evoked heartfelt emotion from "The Help" Best Actress nominee Viola Davis. The Tony-winning theater and film actress was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress for "Doubt" in 2008, opposite her 2012 Oscar rival Meryl Streep.
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Viola Davis and Oprah Winfrey
Viola Davis and Oprah Winfrey

During Oprah's Oscar Special on Wednesday, Winfrey at her best evoked heartfelt emotion from "The Help" Best Actress nominee Viola Davis. The Tony-winning theater and film actress was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress for "Doubt" in 2008, opposite her 2012 Oscar rival Meryl Streep, who won at the BAFTAs last weekend. (TOH interviewed Davis here.)

Winfrey and Davis discuss the self-esteem issues that come with acting.  Davis tearfully opens up about her midlife crisis during "Doubt" as she learned about the unexpectedly isolating effects of success.

In her Oscar Special, Winfrey also chats with Davis' "The Help" co-star Octavia Spencer, as well as "Moneyball" nominee Jonah Hill (and his parents).  More clips outlined at NYT's Carpetbagger.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.