1 of 10 Sidney Baldwin.
Taraji starred as a good friend to Sanaa Lathan, along with Golden Brooks and Wendy Raquel Robinson in 2006’s “Something New.”
2 of 10 20th Century Fox
Viola held her own against Hollywood heavyweight George Clooney in 2002’s space-themed feature “Solaris.”
3 of 10 Michael Gibson
Taraji and Don Cheadle’s on-screen chemistry was electric in 2007’s “Talk to Me,” which told the real-life story of a convict-turned disc jockey Petey Greene, who ignited listeners in Washington, D.C. during the 1960’s.
4 of 10 Macall Polay/Magnolia Pictures.
In 2006’s “The Architect,” Viola starred Tonya, an outspoken activist trying to knock down a dangerous Chicago public housing project.
5 of 10
Taraji’s raw performance in the John Singleton-directed “Baby Boy” as a single mother in a volatile relationship with a mama’s boy (Tyrese Gibson) marked her striking film debut in 2001.
6 of 10 Andrew Schwartz/Miramax Film Corp.
Viola Davis is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her riveting performance in “Doubt” as a mother who deals with allegations that her son has been molested at school by a priest.
7 of 10 Merrick Morton
Taraji’s portrayal as Brad Pitt’s adoptive mother Queenie in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" has earned her raves—and her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
8 of 10 ©Warner Bros. Pictures
Viola plays Jean, a good friend to Diane Lane, who happens to find love again with Richard Gere after many years single, in the heartwarming 2008 film “Nights in Rodanthe.”
9 of 10 Alan Spearman
Taraji lit up the screen alongside Terrence Howard in 2005’s gritty “Hustle & Flow.”
10 of 10 Quantrell Colbert
Viola stars opposite Derek Luke in Tyler Perry’s latest dramedy, “Madea Goes to Jail.”
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