Oscars 2017: Viola Davis is flooded with passion while accepting Best Supporting Actress for Fences

She wins for her performance across from Denzel Washington in the screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson 

Clarisse Loughrey@clarisselou
Monday 27 February 2017 03:44

Viola Davis has won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2017 Oscars.

She's won for her performance in Fences, across from Denzel Washington; who both starred in and directed the cinematic adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Davis beat out the likes of fellow nominees Naomie Harris for Moonlight, Nicole Kidman for Lion, Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures, and Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea.

"You know there's only one place where all the people with the greatest potential are gathered," she tearfully stated. "And that's the graveyard... exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams come to fruition."

She went on to express her gratitude for art as whole: "We are the only profession which celebrates what it means to live a life."

To follow all the happenings at this year’s Oscars ceremony, check out our live blog here. You can find a list of all the winners here.

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