Viola Davis Just Won Her First Oscar

Davis won the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in 'Fences.' Wahoo!

Viola Davis Just Won Her First Oscar
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Third time's the charm!

Viola Davis won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role during the 2017 Oscars on Sunday evening. It was her third nomination and first win.

Davis, whose performance in Fences won her the honor, went on to share a passionate, riveting speech that had audience members in tears.

"There's one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered, and that’s the graveyard," Davis said.

The actress went on to say she always asked, "'What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?' I say exhume those bodies and the stories of the people who dream big, and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist, and thank God I did. We’re the only profession who celebrates to live a life. So here’s to August Wilson, who exhumed and exulted the ordinary people."

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Davis' Oscar joins her existing plethora of awards, including an Emmy, two Tonys, a Golden Globe award, five Screen Actors Guild awards, and more.

Denzel Washington both starred in and directed Fences, which itself has been widely lauded. Sunday's award marks the sixth Davis has won for her role as Rose Maxson.

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