Viola Davis Oscar Speech Transcript 2017
Viola Davis’ 2017 Academy Awards speech transcript after she won Best Supporting Actress for for her performance in “Fences”.
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Viola Davis: (02:09)
Thank you to the Academy. You know, there’s one place that all of 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.” I became an artist, and thank God, I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what means to live a life.
Viola Davis: (03:00)
So here’s to August Wilson who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people. And to Bron Pictures, Paramount, Macro, Todd Black, Molly Allen, Scott Rudin for being the cheerleaders for a movie that is about people and words and life and forgiveness and grace. And to Mykelti Williamson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Jovan Adepo, Saniyya Sidney for being the most wonderful artists I’ve ever worked with. And oh, captain, my captain, Denzel Washington, thank you for putting two entities in the driving seat, August and God, and they served you well. And to Dan and May Ellis Davis who were this and are the center of my universe, the people who taught me good or bad, how to fail, how to love, how to hold an award, how to lose, my parents, I’m so thankful that God chose you to bring me into this world. To my sister, my sister, Dolores who’s here, who played [Jaji and Jaja 00:04:48] with me. We were rich white women in the tea party games. Thank you for the imagination.
Viola Davis: (04:58)
And to my husband and my daughter, my heart, you and Genesis, you teach me every day how to live, how to love. I’m so glad that you are the foundation of my life. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you.