Viola Davis to receive female 2016 Maui Film Festival Navigator Award
May 1, 2016
Barry Rivers, founder and director of the Maui Film Festival announced in late April that actress Viola Davis will be honored with the female 2016 Maui Film Festival Navigator Award at the 17th annual event to be held in Wailea.
“Viola Davis not only has the talent to deliver when the opportunity knocks, but also has the determination, drive and work ethic to steer her way through any project with empathy, compassion and grace,” said Rivers. “Viola is a true original and we couldn’t be more pleased to honor her.”
Davis will join Emmy-award winning and Oscar-nominated actor Bryan Cranston, winner of this year’s 2016 Maui Film Festival Male Navigator Award. Michael B. Jordan, lead actor of “Creed” will also be honored with the festival’s 2016 Rainmaker Award.
Davis currently stars on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder”, as Annalise Keating – her Primetime Emmy-Award Winning character. She also received an Oscar nomination for best actress for the 2011 movie, “The Help” and a supporting actress nod for “Doubt” in 2009, in addition to several other acting nominations and wins.
Davis is currently working with Denzel Washington in “Fences,” a movie adaptation of August Wilson’s classic play which recently began production. She can also be seen in the highly anticipated “Suicide Squad,” starring Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie which premieres this summer.
The 2016 Maui Film Festival will be held June 15-19, 2016 in Wailea.