The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning and Viola Davis is already off to a successful 2017. Viola Davis makes history as first African American actress to score three Oscar nominations.

Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you, Denzel, for being at the helm!”

Viola Davis was more than humble in her reaction to her Oscar nominations this morning, for her role in “Fences.”

It would be a sweet moment because my mom called me today and my mom is very modest,” Davis said. “She said she wanted to go to the Oscars. I thought that was shocking. If you knew her you’d know how shocking that is. Most of the time she just wants to go to the track to play the slot machines.”

Davis makes history as first African American actress to score three Academy Award nominations, and she deserves more than congratulations. Whoopi Goldberg before Davis held the record, with two Oscar nominations, in 1986 for “The Color Purple” and finally winning for 1991’s “Ghost”.

2009 Davis was nominated for her role in “Doubt” and the second time in 2012 for “The Help.” 2017 Golden Globe win for supporting actress is great indication for the third time, it just might be the Oscar charm.