Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress for ‘Fences’

After many nominations, Viola Davis can now call herself an Academy Award winner!

Viola Davis won best supporting actress for her role as Rose Maxon in “Fences.” Her performance in the film moved many critics and viewers, earning her the coveted award. Having won a Tony for her performance on Broadway, Davis triumphed the best supporting actress category.

In her emotional speech, Davis said, “There’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered, and that’s the graveyard. 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 those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. So here’s to August Wilson who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people.”

Davis also thanked her family during her speech, saying “the people who taught me good or bad, how to fail, how to love, how to hold an award, how to lose … I’m so thankful God chose you to bring me into this world.”

According to Vibe, Davis also made history as the first black actor to win an Emmy, Oscar and Tony for acting. Meaning she is just one Grammy away from winning the four major entertainment awards, also referred to as the EGOT.

Congratulations Viola!