Viola Davis delivered a heart warming acceptance speech at the 2017 Academy Awards.
Davis won for her powerful performance inFences alongside actor and starring lead, Denzel Washington.
"It's wonderful, glorious. I felt like a princess. I never feel like a princess you know except for my husband [Julius Tennan] when I got married I felt like a princess. It was just you know a culmination of dreaming big and your dreams being bigger than your circumstances," Davis told Zuri Hall of E! News afterward. "I really wanted to honor august Wilson because what he wrote about was so universal and so specific," Davis continued. "I wanted to honor him in whatever I said, and honor you know just the beauty of being an artist."
Davis took time during her speech to thank all of the actors in the room"Thank you to the academy. You know, there's one place that all the people with the people with the greatest potential are gathered, one place and that's the graveyard. 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 big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost," exclaimed Davis. "I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. So, here's to August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people."
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