“I became an artist—and thank God I did—because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”
Embracing her victory with a moving speech, it seems like the world is not getting away with Viola Davis as the multi-awarded actor added to her pile of awards a Best Supporting Actor trophy for the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning 1983 play “Fence” in the in the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday.
Davis broke history being the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony for acting or as they call it fancily, the “Triple Crown.” One record away to joining the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscars, and Tony) club, the world is teasing Davis to release an album of her own to finally become part of the elite circle.
Marking the 23rd place in the triple crown holders list, Davis previously won an Emmy in 2015 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for playing Annalise Keating in the ABC show How to Get Away With Murder, and won Tony awards each in 2001 and 2010 for King Hedley II and the Broadway production of Fences, respectively.
The 51-year-old actor has been sweeping records for most of her career: She was the first black woman to earn three Oscar nominations, the first black woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama, and the first woman of color to win five Screen Actors Guild Awards—an honor she claimed recently for the Denzel Washington-directed film.
Despite the recent #Oscarsowhite criticism, Davis’ record-breaking win proved that the lack of black nominees in major acting categories have been shrugged off—supported also by Mahershala Ali’s historic win as the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar.