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Viola Davis Delivers an Expectedly Wonderful Acceptance Speech at the SAG Awards


Viola Davis took home the prize for Outstanding Performance by Female Actor in Drama Series for her phenomenal portrayal of Annalise Keating in ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Alright, when I tell my daughter stories at night, enviably a few things happen. Number one, I use my imagination. i always start with life and i build from there," she said. "And then the other thing that happens...she always says, 'Mommy can you put me in the story?' It starts from the top up so I'd like to thank Paul Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Besty Beers...and Pete Nowalk…for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark skinned African American woman who looks like me.

Davis closed out her speech with an heartfelt message to her family, saying, "And thank you to all the people who love me exactly the way how God made me. And that's my beautiful husband, Julius, my four-year-old daughter at home, Genesis, and my mother, Mary Alice. Thank you so much."

Viola continues to slay these acceptance speeches. Her last one at the People's Choice Awards was equally phenomenal.

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