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Viola Davis' Acceptance Speech Gets a Standing Ovation at SAG Awards

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Actress Viola Davis accepts her award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role in the ABC series "How to Get Away with Murder" at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters/Landov)  

By    |   Monday, 26 Jan 2015 02:51 PM

Viola Davis poured out an emotional acceptance speech at the 2015 SAG Awards Sunday night, tying in a heartfelt anecdote about how she tells stories to her 4-year-old daughter.

Davis won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role on "How to Get Away with Murder."

In a voice that quavered on the edge of tears, Davis shared the story-telling process.

"When I tell my daughter stories at night, inevitably, a few things happen," Davis said. "Number one, I use my imagination. I always start with life, and then I build from there. Then the other thing that happens, is she always says, 'Mommy can you put me in the story?'"

Davis offered her own thanks to the people who "put her in the story," the producers, directors, and others at "How to Get Away with Murder."

She appreciates them "for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark-skinned African American woman who looks like me."

Later in her speech, she offered her thanks to the people "who love me exactly how God made me," addressing her husband, daughter, and mother.

MSNBC said Davis’ speech, for which she received a standing ovation, brought to light the issue of diversity that’s been plaguing awards ceremonies "center stage."

"The issue of race has been raised repeatedly in the wake of this month’s Academy Award nominations, which for only the second time in nearly 20 years did not include a single actor of color," MSNBC wrote.

Earlier this month, the first African-American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences told New York magazine’s Vulture that she doesn’t believe diversity is an issue.

"Not at all. Not at all," Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Vulture when asked whether the Oscars have a diversity problem.



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