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{blackbabes} Viola Davis first black star to win Oscar, Emmy and Tony for acting

 

Viola Davis won the best supporting actress Oscar Sunday night for her performance in Denzel Washington's "Fences."

"You know there's one place where all the people with the greatest potential are gathered, and that's the graveyard," Davis began her acceptance speech with fervor. "People ask me all the time — What kind of stories do you want to tell? And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories."

She continued, "I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life."

The actress then began a long list of thanks with August Wilson, ("… who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people") and Washington ("O captain, my captain… Thank you for putting two entities in the driver's seat — August and God. They served you well.").

Voice cracking with emotion, Davis thanks her parents, sister, husband and daughter. With the award, she became the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award for acting.

It was perhaps the evening's safest bet, as Davis had dominated the precursor circuit, winning 20-plus critical honors, the Screen Actors Guild prize, the Golden Globe, the Critics' Choice award and the British Academy award as well.

After a surprising loss for her performance in "The Help" five years ago, a narrative of Davis being due had no doubt coalesced. But Davis's performance was powerful and deserving regardless. After all, she already won a Tony Award for the same role, albeit in the lead category. She in fact becomes the second person in history to win a Tony and an Oscar for the same role but in different categories. The first was "The King and I" star Yul Brynner.

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{blackbabes} Oscars 2017: Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress for Fences

Viola Davis Oscar Speech

She went in the odds-on favorite and came out a winner.

As predicted by Oscar prognosticators far and wide, Viola Davis took home the Best Supporting Actress trophy at Sunday's 89th annual Academy Awards for her raw, visceral work in Fences.

In her emotional acceptance 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 wan 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 [Fences screenwriter/playwright] August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people."

Heading into Sunday's ceremony, the How to Get Away With Murder actress had already triumphed at the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the BAFTAs.

This was Davis' third Oscar nomination and first win; she had previously been nominated for her work in 2009's Doubt and 2012's The Help.

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