Viola Davis can officially call herself an Academy Award-winning actress.
A tearful Davis, who garnered an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, delivered what will probably be the most powerful acceptance speech of the night.
“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,” she said. “The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost.”
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.”
Davis, who stood on stage with such grace, dignity and humility, then thanked her “captain Denzel Washington” for “putting two entities in the driving seat.” She added about her loving parents, “I’m so grateful that God chose you to bring me into this world.”
Following the star’s speech, the night’s host, Jimmy Kimmel, suggested she just got “nominated for an Emmy for that speech at the Oscars.”
Viola, clad in a stunning red Armani gown, beat out nominees Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and Michelle Williams (Manchester By the Sea).