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Viola Davis wins best supporting actress for ‘Fences’
Viola Davis in “Fences.” (David Lee/Paramount Pictures)

Viola Davis won her first Golden Globe for her performance in “Fences,” the film based on August Wilson’s play.

This was the fifth nomination for Davis, who joked “I took all the pictures, went to the luncheon,” adding that the award was “right on time.”

Davis is also an Emmy winner, for her role in ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder.” She thanked her “Fences” co-star and director, Denzel Washington, telling him, “I’m a friend and a fan. Thank you for being an extraordinary leader.”

This category was hard to predict, with so many critically-acclaimed performances in the mix. Like Davis, Michelle Williams (in “Manchester by the Sea”) and Naomie Harris (in “Moonlight”) portrayed mothers navigating tragedies. Octavia Spencer, who took home a Globe statuette (not to mention an Oscar and several other awards) in 2012 for her supporting role in “The Help,” was nominated for “Hidden Figures.”

“Hidden Figures” and “Fences” have been throwing some Golden Globe attendees for a loop. Michael Keaton, who announced the category, was the second person tonight to call the film — about a group of black women working as behind-the-scenes math whizzes at NASA in the late 1960s — “Hidden Fences.” NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager made the mistake during her red carpet interview with Pharrell Williams.

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