Well, it's official! Actress Viola Davis ("How to Get Away with Murder") has decided to turn the current state of the Oscar race on its head by submitting herself as Best Supporting Actress rather than Best Actress.It's a surprise move, as her role in "Fences" was thought by many as a Best Actress role, but this strategy makes a lot of sense ifher people are serious about finally nabbing Oscar gold on the big night.

Viola Davis is outof theBest Actress race

The Best Actress race is already very competitive as it's currently stuffed with performances by actresses that have been raved about for weeks.

If Davis would've submitted herself in the Best Actress category, the competition would've been stiff. While Natalie Portman has earned praise from everyone who's seen her turn as Jackie Kennedy in the film, "Jackie", there's also very promising performances by Emma Stone ("La La Land"), Amy Adams ("Arrival"), and Annette Bening ("20th Century Women").These performances are said to be powerhouses in their own way, but it's noted that most of these ladies will have to beat Portman for the gold, who at this point, is considered to be in the best position to sweep the awards season.

Viola Davis is in the Best Supporting Race

Before the news was announced that Viola Davis would be switching from Best Actress into the Best Supporting Actress category for the Oscar Race, three-time nominee Michelle Williams was said to be the favorite to win for her haunting performance in "Manchester By The Sea." There was virtually no competition for the actress in Best Supporting, with names like Greta Gerwig ("20th Century Women"), Naomie Harris ("Moonlight"), and Nicole Kidman ("Lion") all vying for the gold.

That said, before Viola Davis took herself out ofconsideration for the Best Actress category, it was Williams who was receiving the most buzz in this particular Oscar race from pundits and Oscar prognosticators alike. With Davis' presence in the Best Supporting category, it looks like it's going to be a very tough call.

While most critics have seen Williams in "Manchester By The Sea," no one has seen Davis'turn in the film adaptation of "Fences," but many suspect, given her record, that she will pull ahead of this race or will have to duel it out with Williams, who still has a good chance of taking home her first Oscar.

If the actressscores an Oscar nomination, this will be her third nomination.

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