Viola Davis won an Oscar and gave an amazing speech. No one is surprised.


Only 23 actors have ever achieved the elite status of winning a competitive Oscar, Emmy and Tony. By winning an Oscar for her supporting role in “Fences,” Viola Davis is the newest actress to join the club. (Nicki DeMarco/The Washington Post)

As expected, Viola Davis won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in “Fences.” As soon as she took the stage, everyone knew we were in for a heck of a speech.

“You know, there is one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered and that’s the graveyard,” a teary-eyed Davis began. “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,” she continued…



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