Viola Davis hasn’t just been winning on the red carpet; she’s also been winning at various award shows and not only is she winning the actual award, but she’s delivering grade A acceptance speeches while doing so. If you haven’t heard by now, New York Times ruffled a few feathers a couple months ago basically calling Viola Davis ugly because she doesn’t fit society’s definition of “beauty.”
The actress has been indirectly speaking to it ever since; and boy has she silenced the critics. The How to Get Away With Murder star won the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding female actor in a drama series, and it was well deserved might I add. It wasn’t the win that has everyone talking, but the acceptance speech a teary-eyed Viola Davis delivered. Catch the video above and also in full below:
“All right. When I tell my daughter stories at night, inevitably a few things happen: Number one, I use my imagination. I always start with life and then I build from there. And then the other thing that happens is she says, ‘Mommy, can you put me in the story?’ And you know what, it starts from the top up. So I’d like to thank Paul Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Betsey Beers, Bill D’Elia, and Peter Nowak for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned African-American woman who looks like me. Thank you to the Screen Actors Guild, thank you to Estelle Lasher and Michael Adler and everyone at CAA for having my back, and thank you to all the people who love me exactly how God made me. And thanks to my beautiful husband Julius, my four-year-old daughter Genesis, and my mother May Alice Davis.”
We could all learn a little lesson in confidence from such an amazing woman. Congrats on the success Viola!