Viola Davis, one of the finest actors of her generation, just won her first Academy Award. The Best Supporting Actress win for role in Fences was an expected one, but that didn't diminish the joy and emotion the filled the room when she took the stage.
Ms. Davis has been nominated three times over her decades-long career, and she's reached her stride with a starring role on a network drama and film she can be proud of.
Notabbly, she was joined in the category by two other Black actresses, Naomie Harris and Octavia Spencer. This was the first year three Black women actresses were nominated in the same category.
Viola Davis is now well on her way to accomplishing the coveted EGOT with her Emmy, Oscar, and Tony wins. All she needs is a Grammy to cross the finish line. Still, Davis is the first Black actor to win three of the four highest awards in entertainment.
Watch her speech below.