Viola Davis’ performances in films ranging from Traffic (2002) to Knight and Day (2010) have earned this star many deserved accolades as one of the most talented actresses of our time. Her recent Golden Globes nomination for Best Actress for her leading role as Aibileen Clark in The Help brings to mind the many riveting portrayals Davis has graced us with. As Viola’s star has climbed ever higher over the last ten-plus years, every character she has created has been rendered with rich emotion — even in her early, minor roles. In honor of her recent nomination, let’s remember both those first parts in which Davis made her mark and the meatier ones that demonstrate her full star power. Here are Viola Davis’ top 10 performances of all time.