Viola Davis takes home an Academy Award, delivers best speech

Actress Viola Davis added an Academy Award to her legacy Sunday.

During the 89th annual Academy Awards Davis won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, directed by Denzel Washington. Becoming the first African American to win an Oscar, Emmy and a Tony for acting, Davis is only missing a Grammy to become an EGOT: a phrase coined by Philip Michael Thomas (Miami Vice & Sparkle) meaning one winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony.

Accepting her award she gave the best speech of the night, one host Jimmy Kimmel said deserved an Emmy nomination. Make no mistake her speech came from the heart and was more than an act, but then again just like when it comes to Davis acting there’s an element of truth. She found a connection portraying character Rose Maxson in Fences and on stage performed brought out the true elements of Rose, just as real as the snot bubbles running through her nose.

She expressed her gratitude for receiving the honor by thanking God, her family and the cast and crew of Fences before adding why she feels blessed to be an actress.

“I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life,” Davis said.

Her win came the night the Academy Awards awarded a record high for the number of wins by African American stars, coming off a year where zero black actors and films were nominated in 2016.

By Gino Terrell


Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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