Viola Davis, 55 years old
Before she started to work in the film industry, Viola Davis managed to build a successful career as a stage actress. After that, Davis kept appearing in various television series until in 2008 when she received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her 11-minute appearance in the movie Doubt. The actress, who was already over 40, decided to not stop at this point and later acted in big movies like The Help and Fences. Davis was nominated for an Oscar for her roles in the aforementioned flicks and managed to win one for her role in Fences.
Naomi Watts, 52 years old
Having become successful as an Australian television actress, Naomi Watts decided to move to Hollywood to conquer it as well. And she managed to do it: at the age of 33, she starred in the psychological thriller Mulholland Drive by David Lynch and in The Ring horror remake right afterward, which brought her immense fame. After such a breakthrough in her career, the actress took part in many movie projects and received Academy Award nominations for her roles in 2 of them (21 Grams and The Impossible).