By Michael Gioia
19 Apr 2012
|Photo by Aubrey Reuben|
In order to make the cut, the 100 individuals named by Time are "breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons" who "inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world."
Davis, an Oscar nominee for her performance in "The Help," is a two-time Tony Award winner for her performances in Fences and King Hedley II. She was nominated for the Tony for her performance in Seven Guitars. For more on Davis' theatrical career, visit the Playbill Vault.
Actress Cicely Tyson said about Tony winner Davis in Time, "Her life tells a story of personal and professional excellence. Viola, 46, has given her stage and screen characters true presence, depth and authenticity because of her uncompromising real-life character. She is a serious and soul-stirring actress, and her rich body of work represents the full range of our humanity."
Actor-director Gary Oldman said about the Oscar nominee in Time, "When the French call something formidable, they mean tremendous, terrific, awesome. These are words that came to mind when I first encountered the work of Jessica Chastain, 30, during her performance as Salome in Al Pacino's remarkable film of Oscar Wilde's play."
For more information, visit Time.com.