February 27th, 2012
05:43 PM ET
It's no surprise that Viola Davis made an impressive stroll down the red carpet at Sunday's Oscars, as we've come to expect nothing less from the acclaimed actress - but she did manage to upend a few expectations with her hairstyle.
Rather than rock a wig, Davis showed off her natural, close-cropped hair, dyed a fierce flavor of red to add a little more spark to the chic cut she displayed on the cover of the Los Angeles Times magazine.
The curly Afro was a notable difference, and the praise quickly poured in:
Complimented LeAnn Rimes, "It takes a gorgeous woman to pull off short hair and Viola Davis does it so well. She's stunning, beyond talented & full of grace."
Wanda Sykes, who also sports her natural curls, tweeted Sunday, "Working tonight. In my trailer watching the Oscars. I hope Viola Davis wins. It'll be nice to see my hair get an award. Go natural baby!"
Fan Isoul H. Harris added, "Viola Davis has won me over. Wearing her natural hair and going va-va-voom in the form-fitting Vera Wang. She looks amazing."
But not only was Davis' style choice complimentary to her overall look that night, she also said that it's the look of a woman who proudly owns all of herself.
"My husband said, 'Be who you are,'" Davis said of her hairdo decision. "Step into who you are. [And] I really have."
Although she lost out on the best actress Oscar to Meryl Streep, Davis was surely a style winner in our book.
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