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Viola Davis Wins Oscars Best Supporting Actress Video: Watch Academy Awards Acceptance Speech

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Viola Davis Oscars Video

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Viola Davis Oscars Video

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Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress at Sunday’s 2017 Oscars. Check out her Academy Awards acceptance speech below!

Davis’ long-overdue Oscar win came her role as Rose in Fences. While many have argued it was a Best Actress-caliber performance, it’s believed that competing in the supporting category ensured her the win. And when she took the stage, the SAG and Golden Globes winner couldn’t help but shed tears.

“Thank you to the Academy. You know, there’s one place with all the people with the greatest potential are gathere. One place, and that’s the graveyard,” Davis told the star-studded crowd. “People ask me all the time: ‘What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?’ And I say exhume those bodies, exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw their dreams to fruition, people who fell in love and lost.”

Davis continued, “I became an artist and thank god I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to a live a life. So, here’s to August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people.” The actress later thanked her longtime friend, Fences co-star, and director.

“And oh captain, my captain, Denzel Washington. Thank you for putting two entities in the driving seat: August and God. And they served you well,” said Davis. To her parents, she expressed, “I’m so thankful that God chose you to bring me into this world.” Concluding, she added, “And to my husband and my daughter. My heart. You and Genesis, you teach me every day how to live and how to love. I’m so glad you are the foundation of my life.”

Host Jimmy Kimmel said afterward, “I don’t know if anybody’s going to give a speech after that. That was unbelievable. People were crying.” He then joked that Davis was now nominated for an Emmy due to her remarks. She’s actually already an Emmy Award winner for “How To Get Away With Murder.” Davis was previously nominated for Academy Awards in 2008 and 2011. Check out her full Oscars speech below!

 


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