Viola Davis SAG Awards Speech: Thank You For Casting “49-Year-Old Dark Skin African-American Woman” (VIDEO)

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Viola Davis SAG Awards Video

By Shari Weiss


Viola Davis SAG Awards Video

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Viola Davis gave an emotional, poignant acceptance speech at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, where the “How To Get Away With Murder” star won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. Watch below.

Clearly shocked by her victory, Davis was teary-eyed as soon as she hit the stage. A proud mom of a four-year-old girl, the actress began by saying, “When I tell my daughter stories at night, inevitably a few things happen. Number one, I use my imagination. I always start with life then I build from there. And then the other thing that happens is she always says, ‘Mommy can you put me in the story?'”

“And you know, it starts from the top up,” Davis said, thanking the executives at her show and ABC for “thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark skin African American woman who looks like me.” The actress went on, “Thank you to all the people who love me exactly how God made me.” Davis beat out the previous two winners, Claire Danes and Maggie Smith, along with Julianne Marguiles, Robin Wright, and Tatiana Maslany. There are typically only five nominees, but a tie in the nomination process gave the category six this year.

Making Davis’ win all the more meaningful was the fact that a fellow black actress, Uzo Aduba, won the comedy counterpart, receiving Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for “Orange is the New Black.” It was a refreshing sight in an industry that is not exactly known all the time for championing diversity. Davis, however, has won two prior SAG Awards, both for The Help. Check out the moving video below, and tell us what you think!

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