This is the 51-year-old’s third Oscar nomination, meaning that she now holds the record for the most Oscar nominations awarded to an African American woman.
Davis was previously nominated for Academy Awards for her roles in The Help (2011) and Doubt (2008).
Davis tweeted her appreciation of the nomination. (Watch the Fences trailer here).
"Thank you to The Academy for recognising this extraordinary, important film and my work in it," Davis tweeted. "Thank you Denzel for being at the helm!"
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) January 24, 2017
Following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that surrounded the 2016 Academy Awards, this year's nominations are noticeably more racially diverse.
Davis' nomination is among the 10 African American actors and creatives who have received nominations for their work. Unfortunately, no African American actors were nominated for Oscars in 2015 and 2016.
In the Best Supporting Actress category alone, three women of colour were nominated: Naomie Harris for her role in Moonlight (watch trailer here), Octavia Spencer for her performance in Hidden Figures (watch trailer here), and of course, Davis for Fences.