Oscar Winners 2017: How Viola Davis Gave The Best Winning Speech Everybody Is Talking About

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The 89th Academy Awards ceremony [Oscar] held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, with the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California filled to its capacity and buzzing with world-class celebrities.

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As a custom, several speeches were given by Oscar award recipients, however, American actress and producer Viola Davis wowed everybody with her deep inspiration tears-provoking speech, [found below].

Viola Davis, who is a new member of the acting triple crown – the elite status of winning a competitive Oscar, Emmy and Tony, a feat which so far only 23 actors have been able to achieve.

Davis is also the first African-American to earn that distinction, as well as the first African-American actress to receive three Oscar nominations.

She was previously nominated for her supporting role in the 2008 film “Doubt” and for best actress for the 2011 film “The Help.”

Hosted by Comedian Jimmy Kimmel, the 2017 Oscar awards attendees were moved to tears as Viola’s speech rose their emotions as well as brought a nostalgic feeling.

Viola Davis won the best-supporting-actress Oscar for her role in “Fences,” where she played as Rose Maxson and as soon as she took the stage, everyone knew her speech would be a bomb.

She started with tears already brewing in her eyes:

“You know, there is one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered and that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time, what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?

“And I say exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories — the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to 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.”

The well-toned body actress also thanked her co-star and director Denzel Washington for putting two entities in the driving seat: August and God.

She also appraised Meryl Streep, her co-star in ‘Doubt,’ saying Streep makes her so proud. Viola Davis also thanked her family, starting with her parents, whom she said taught her how to distinguish good and bad, how to fail, how to love, how to hold an award, and how to lose. She also thanked her sisters, her husband and daughter, whom she holds dearly in her heart.

At the end of her brief but on-point speech, Jimmy Kimmel teased that he doubts if anyone can beat Viola’s speech as it just won her an Emmy awards.

At this year’s Oscars, the movie La La Land had a big win for the Best production design, Best cinematography, Best score, and also produced the Best actress – Emma Stone.

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Unfortunately, La La Land was mistakenly named best picture. However, the award was re-named to Moonlight – the rightful winner.

Oscar winners 2017: the full list

Best supporting actor

WINNER: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best makeup and hairstyling

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
WINNER: Suicide Squad

Best costume design

Allied
WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Best documentary

Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
WINNER: OJ: Made in America
13th

Best sound editing

WINNER: Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best sound mixing

Arrival
WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best supporting actress

WINNER: Viola Davis (Fences)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)



Best foreign language film

Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
WINNER: The Salesman
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

Best animated short

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
WINNER: Piper

Best animated feature

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life As a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
WINNER: Zootopia

Best production design

Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
WINNER: La La Land
Passengers

Best visual effects

Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
WINNER: The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best film editing

Arrival
WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best documentary short

4.1 Miles
Extremis
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
WINNER: The White Helmets

Best live-action short

Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
WINNER: Sing
Timecode

Best cinematography

Arrival
WINNER: La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

Best score

Jackie
WINNER: La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Best song

Audition (La La Land)
Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Trolls)
WINNER: City of Stars (La La Land)
The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story)
How Far I’ll Go (Moana)

Best original screenplay

Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
WINNER: Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

Best adapted screenplay

Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
WINNER: Moonlight

Best director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
WINNER: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Best actor

WINNER: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
WINNER: Emma Stone (La La Land)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Viola Davis: Watch her Emmy Award winning speech.

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