WEEK IN WOMEN: Viola Davis to Receive Sherry Lansing Leadership Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning performer and producer Viola Davis will be honored at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment breakfast, star-studded gala that recognizes women pioneers and industry leaders, Davis will receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, given annually to a woman who has been a trailblazer and philanthropic leader in her industry.

The star of Fences, Doubt and The Help, who leads a stellar ensemble in Steve McQueen’s female-centric heist drama Widows, is a leader in childhood hunger advocacy, using her own experience and story of strength to shift the discourse around the issue. From 2014 to 2017, Davis served as an ambassador for the charitable initiative Hunger Is, raising more than $20 million to provide meals for children all over the country. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.