One of the favourites from the 89th Oscar awards which were held on February 26, 2017 was a powerful emotional speech delivered by the versatile actress Viola Davis. Viola has won the award for the category of Best Actress in Supporting Role for her mesmerising performance alongside Denzel Washington in the movie Fences. Even though she was nominated earlier for the Oscar, this was her first award. The actress also made history by becoming the first African-American woman to be nominated three times for an acting Oscar. In the film Fences, Viola has portrayed the character of Rose Maxson, a devoted wife, which is the most powerful character in the movie as she has her own ways of dealing with racial discrimination.
The actress got emotional while delivering her speech which has left the audience teary-eyed. She started her speech by thanking the Academy for the award. She went on to say:
“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 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. And to Bron Pictures, Paramount, Macro, Todd Black, Molly Allen for being the cheerleaders for a movie that is about people. And words. And life and forgiveness and grace. And to Michael T. Williamson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, for being the most wonderful artists I've ever worked with. 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. And to Dan and Mary Alice Davis, who were and are the centre of my universe, the people who taught me good or bad, how to fail, how to love, how to hold an award, how to lose. My parents―I'm so thankful that God chose you to bring me into this world. To my sisters, my sister Dolores, we were rich white women in the tea party games. Thank you for the imagination. And to my husband and my daughter. My heart, you and Genesis. You teach me every day how to live, how to love, I'm so glad that you are the foundation of my life. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you."
- Akhila kakaralaa
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