Last night’s historical moment led actress Viola Davis to become the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony for acting. Her astounding performance in Fences, directed by co-star Denzel Washington, caused her to win best supporting actress at the 2017 Oscars. Although Denzel did not come out as successful, it was his direction that assisted in Viola walking away with such a prestigious award. With this being Davis’ third Oscar nomination we were all rooting for her chance at victory — third time’s a charm, right?
Viola amazes us with her talents and continues to inspire a group that is often marginalized and forgotten — black men and women. She empowers us with her speeches and gives friendly reminders to the importance of timing, generosity, and authenticity when it comes to living out our dreams. Every Thursday, we get to see her embody the role of Annalise Keating on Shonda Rhimes’ hit series How To Get Away With Murder and are reminded of her passion and its evidence when called to accept an award.
Accepting last night’s Oscar, Viola made us all want to explore our creative abilities, “I became an artist and thank God I did,” she continued “because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”
Here’s a few of Viola Davis’ best award winning moments:
2015 Emmys – Drama Series Lead Actress
2015 SAG Awards – Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series
2012 SAG Awards – Female Actor in a Leading Role
2017 BAFTA – Best Supporting Actress
2017 Oscars – Best Supporting Actress