The Iron Lady actress bested frontrunner viola Davis, who seemed a shoo-in for her turn in The Help.
And actresses viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, also acknowledged today, are all but locks in their Oscar categories.
Best Actress nominee viola Davis was one of the few other women who embraced bold color.
tenor violin, 1797, from Italian viola, from Old Provençal viola, from Medieval Latin vitula "stringed instrument," perhaps from Vitula, Roman goddess of joy (see fiddle), or from related Latin verb vitulari "to exult, be joyful." Viola da gamba "bass viol" (1724) is from Italian, literally "a viola for the leg" (i.e. to hold between the legs).