Viola Davis Is The First Black Actor To Win An Oscar, Emmy & Tony For Acting - Read Her Speech

Rashmi Daryanani , 27 Feb 2017

Third time’s a charm: This is the third time Viola Davis has been nominated for an Oscar, and the first time she’s picked it up. The star won for her supporting role in Fences, and she is now the first black actor to have won an Oscar, Emmy and Tony for acting.

Davis was emotional as she accepted the award, and made a moving speech after thanking the Academy for the award:

You know, there’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place 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 dreamt big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artiste, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.


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