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Oscars 2012: For nominee Viola Davis, it's 'the final celebration'

February 26, 2012 |  9:25 pm

Viola Davis

After months of exhaustive press tours to promote her role in "The Help," Viola Davis on Sunday said Oscar night brought a sense of relief.

"It's the final celebration. The final blow-out," the best actress nominee said with a smile.

By her side, as usual, was her husband Julius Tennon, who has supported her on every red carpet this award season.

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"From the moment I met him, I said, 'I gotta have him,' because he's the best man in the world," she gushed. "His integrity and his capacity to love and his loyalty -- you can't compare."

Davis, an academy member, didn't have words as kind for the organization. Asked to respond to the argument that the academy is only as diverse as the industry, the actress said: "I don't think that that's what Hollywood is.

"I think that that's probably who's just accepted into the academy."



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Photo: Viola Davis on the Oscars red carpet Sunday. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times