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Viola Davis is the first black star to win an Oscar, Emmy, Tony; Wins supporting actress for ‘Fences’

27 February 2017 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Viola Davis won the supporting actress award for “Fences” and this was her first ever Academy Award making her the first black star to win an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony award.

When Davis accepted her award for the recently-held Oscars, she said, “There’s one place that all 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 it means to live a life.”

Davis also thanked the screenwriter for “Fences,” August Wilson,” and her co-star in the movie, Denzel Washington. She also thanked God for the award.

Aside from her co-star and the people behind “Fences,” Davis thanked her family. She said her parents taught her how to love, how to hold an award, and how to lose. She thanked her husband and her daughter saying, “You teach me every day how to live, how to love. I’m so glad that you are the foundation of my life.”

With the latest win of Davis, she needs a Grammy to complete the EGOT awards. In the past, Davis was nominated for her “The Help” and “Doubt” performances at the Oscars. For her Emmy award, she received it for her performance on “How to Get Away with Murder” and her two Tony awards are for “Fences” and “King Hedley II.”

Davis is the 23rd star to make it to the group of actors who are close to completing the EGOT awards.

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