Viola Davis was moved to tears during her emotional Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech for her role in "Fences" at Sunday night's Oscars -- and the actress made award history again.
"There is one place that all of the people with the greatest potential are gathered," she said. "One place, and that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time, 'What kind of stories do you want to tell?' The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams come into 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. So here’s to August Wilson who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people.
"Oh captain, my captain, Denzel Washington. Thank you for putting two entities in the driving seat: August and God - and they served you well."
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Draped in a red, smoldering, off-the-shoulder Armani Privé gown, a tearful Davis didn't drop the mic, but she might as well have.
Davis became the first black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony for acting and she's the 23rd person in history to win all three awards. Whoopi Goldberg is an EGOT winner, but her Tony was for producing "Thoroughly Modern Millie" not acting.
In 2015, Davis made history by winning the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series win for her role in "How to Get Away with Murder." In 2001 and 2010, she won two Tony Awards for "King Hedley II" and "Fences," respectively.
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