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VIDEO: Viola Davis talks about "Doubt" and Oscars

December 23, 2008 |  7:52 am

Watch out, Penelope Cruz! The "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" star may be considered the front-runner for best supporting actress, but these second-tier acting slots are where big Oscar upsets often happen. Among the most promising alternatives is "Doubt" star Viola Davis, who portrays a poor African-American mom who makes a shocking decision when confronted with the accusation that her son may be molested by a priest at school.

When "Doubt" was staged on Broadway, Adriane Lenox won the Tony Award for the role in 2005. So far this derby season, Viola Davis already has been nominated for best supporting actress in the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. She was voted best breakthrough actress of the year by the National Board of Review.

Camera work by Paul Sheehan