Viola Davis made a big statement on the red carpet for the 84th Annual Academy Awards -- by showing up in a bold green gown ... and sporting her natural hair!

The star of "The Help" just arrived wearing a vibrant green Vera Wang dress, with matching earrings.

The bright color looks amazing against Viola's skin ... and we're loving that she decided not to wear a wig, instead sporting her short, natural 'do.

What do you think of the dress? See more Oscar fashion above!

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