Viola Davis already knows how she’s going to celebrate when she becomes an EGOT winner.
The “Woman King” star just landed her first Grammy nomination for her 2022 memoir “Finding Me.”
If she wins, the actor will join EGOT’s elite group of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners as the 18th member.
At the 13th Annual Governors Awards at Fairmount Century Plaza in Los Angeles this past Saturday, Davis spoke about her recent nomination and what it would mean to earn the EGOT honor.
“Felt pretty good,” Davis told Entertainment Tonight earn the nomination for her audiobook, which she narrated.
She won the nomination for Best Audiobook, Narration and Narrative Recording alongside nominees Mel Brooks (who already has an EGOT), Jamie Foxx, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Questlove.
Davis has a Leading Actress Emmy for “How to Get Away With Murder,” a supporting actress Oscar for “Fences,” and two Tonys for “Fences” and “King Hedley II,” putting her one step away from reaching the EGOT- status.
If she scored her first Grammy this year, she would join only 17 people to ever earn the EGOT, including John legend and Jennifer Hudson.
It would also make her the third black woman — alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Hudson — in that rare company.
“It’s a surreal title to have,” Davis told the entertainment outlet of the potential to earn the EGOT. “And I thought about it, and I thought to myself, ‘If I get to that, maybe I’ll take myself out to dinner.'”
“And you know, I don’t celebrate my wins,” added Davis. “But I would celebrate that victory.”
Speaking about what motivates her in her decades-long Hollywood career, the actor said at the 2011 Elle Women in Hollywood, “What keeps me going is hope.”
“And that’s the hope that women of color are also part of the story, that our stories are just as powerful, because we also have the power of transformation. We also have the power to be quirky and sexy and different, funny, sincere and all those things,” she added during the Elle tribute.
Coming before Davis, she’s going to play a warped villain in Lionsgate’s ‘Hunger Games’ prequel, ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’.
The dystopian action adventure also features previously announced cast members Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”) as Lucy Gray Baird, Tom Blyth (“Billy the Kid”) as a young Coriolanus Snow, Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Jason Schwartzman (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the world”) and Hunter Schafer (“Euphoria”).
“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is scheduled to open in theaters on November 17, 2023.