Of all of this year’s expected Oscar wins, Viola Davis’ might be the most gratifying.
The actress’ performance in “Fences” moved critics and viewers, earning her an Academy Award nomination for the third time – this time, in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category.
Earlier this year, Davis took home the Golden Globe for her efforts; in 2010, she won a Tony Award for playing the same part on Broadway.
Davis is the first black actress to achieve such a feat with acting awards – Whoopi Goldberg is an EGOT winner, but her Tony is for producing – and a win this year only amplifies everything Davis has accomplished.
In her acceptance speech, Davis said, “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.”
The win is especially powerful in light of the film’s themes.
Davis played Rose Maxson, the pragmatic housewife of Troy Maxson, and a woman who did what she could to keep her family thriving amid turmoil.
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