Actress Viola Davis (pictured) won the coveted Oscar gold at Sunday night’s 89th Annual Academy Awards show.
Davis, 51, was awarded the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in “Fences,” a film that was starred in and directed by Denzel Washington. Davis played the role of a woman named Rose Maxson, the wife of former Negro Leagues baseball player Troy Maxson.
Washington’s film is based on the turbulent marriage between Mr. and Mrs. Maxson. In 2010, Davis won a Tony Award for portraying Mrs. Maxson in a Broadway performance, which was based on an original play by August Wilson. Davis won a Golden Globe last month for her role in “Fences” as well.
Davis won her Oscar this year by beating out Manchester by the Sea’s Michelle Williams, Hidden Figures’ Octavia Spencer, Lion’s Nicole Kidman and Moonlight’s Naomie Harris. Upon receiving her award, Davis took to the stage and gave an emotional acceptance speech.
“I can’t believe my life. I grew up in poverty. I grew up in apartments that were condemned and rat-infested,” Davis said in her acceptance speech.
“I always wanted to be somebody and be good at something and so this is sort of like the miracle of God, dreaming big and hoping that it sticks and it lands. And it did. Who knew?” she continued.
Davis has more Oscar nominations than any other black actress in American history. She is also in a rare club of actors and actresses that have won at least one Emmy, Tony, Oscar, Golden Globe, and Screen Actor’s Guild award. Davis is coming off a super successful 2016-17 run.
On top of winning both a Golden Globe and Oscar in the first quarter of 2017, the “How to Get Away With Murder” lead actress also got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame early last month.