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