07 March 2017

Viola Davis wins an Oscar and continues to make history

Viola Davis has made history by winning an Academy Award for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a film "Fences" where she acts alongside Denzel Washington.

Viola has in the past been nominated in these prestigious awards but never won. Her first two nominations were for "Doubt" and the other one was for "The Help".

Earlier this year, Viola took home her first Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her role in the same film. In 2010, she won a Tony Award for playing the same part on Broadway.
Davis also won an Emmy award for her work on the hit TV show "How to Get Away With Murder". She became the first black woman to win for lead actress in a drama series, and she has made history again by becoming the first black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony for acting.

In her acceptance speech which has been widely shared on the internet Viola said: "I'm going to try not to cry right now. I can't believe my life…I grew up in poverty and all I always sort of wanted was to be somebody. I just wanted to be good at something. This is the miracle of god and dreaming big and hoping it sticks and it lands, and it did. I'm overwhelmed."

After two years of ignoring black talent, this year's Oscars' showed diversity. Another black production, the film "Moonlight" which is about coming of age of a black gay man won the biggest award of the night, Best Picture, beating this year's favourite "La La Land". This happened after a mix up where the presenters mistakenly called out "La La Land" as the winners but it was soon corrected and the award was handed to "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins.

"Moonlight" also won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay and actor Mahershala Ali won best supporting actor giving the film a total of three awards out of eight nominations.

Whoopi Goldberg has also won all three awards, but her Tony came from producing the Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, rather than acting.

Thulile Gama