Viola Davis delivered an emotional, tearful speech at the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences.
“You know, there is one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered and that’s the graveyard,” a teary-eyed Davis began. “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.”
The actress was previously nominated for her supporting role in the 2008 film “Doubt” and for best actress for the 2011 film “The Help.”
At this year’s Golden Globes ceremony, she gave an emotional speech while accepting her first Globe statuette for “Fences.” But she also made a splash for her remarks during a tribute to Meryl Streep: “You make me proud to be an artist,” she told Streep, her co-star in “Doubt.” “You make me feel that what I have in me — my body, my face, my age — is enough.”