Viola Davis becomes first black woman to win an Oscar, Tony and an Emmy Award
|Viola Davis. Photo credit: Times Of India (Twitter)|
Davis won her first Oscar for her supporting role as a long-suffering housewife in the African-American family drama 'Fences.'
The 51-year-old had swept awards season in the role, taking home a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild statuette and numerous critics prizes. She had been nominated for an Oscar twice in the past.
With the win, Davis becomes the 23rd person to complete the so-called triple crown of acting, which is the term used to describe actors and actresses who have won at least one competitive acting award at the Oscars, the Emmys and the Tonys.
Davis, who beat out the likes of Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”) and Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”), gave an emotional speech that honored the acting profession and playwright August Wilson.
“There’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered — one place — and that’s the graveyard,” she said.
“People ask me all the time, what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say, exhume those bodies”.
David who is also a producer graduated from the Juilliard School in 1993.
She began her career on stage and won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody’s Ruby.
Davis features on the popular American drama television series “How to Get Away with murder.”