Viola Davis was brought to tears tonight as she accepted her well deserved trophy at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
We all knew that Viola was going to be collecting some statuettes this award season as soon as she sauntered into our Thursday nights on “How To Get Away With Murder.” This notion was only solidified by moments like the one where she removed all of her makeup to appear completely natural in front of the camera before asking her on-camera hubby why his package was “on a dead girl’s phone.”
YASSS! She did that! So it couldn’t have come as a surprise that she snagged the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series. The actress, who rocked a long white gown with a halo of curls, gave a stirring speech about how much it meant to her to win the honor.
The actress, who rocked a long white gown with a halo of curls, gave a stirring speech about how much it meant to her to win the honor. For Viola, it’s not just about being recognized for her talent. It also means that she can insert herself in a narrative that once did not include women that look like her.
“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,” Viola began. “And then the other thing that happens…she always says, ‘Mommy can you put me in the story?'”
She added, “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.”
Viola also made sure to thank everyone that loves her exactly the way she is (no matter how “classically beautiful” the New York Times deems her to be).