Viola Davis’ Critics’ Choice Award Speech Was Everything

viola-davis-critics-choiceOn Sunday, actress Viola Davis was honored with the first ever #SeeHer award at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Upon receiving the honor, she delivered a moving speech that was as real as it gets, with the core message being learning how to accept yourself as you are and believing that you are good enough just as you are.

“I’ve always discovered the heart of my characters, I guess, by asking ‘Why?’”she said to an attentive audience. “When I was handed Annalise Keating [in How to Get Away With Murder], I said, ‘She’s sexy, she’s mysterious.’”


She added that for a long time she was typecast when it came to receiving roles. “I’m used to playing women where I’ve got to gain 40 pounds and wear an apron,” she said. “So I said, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to lose weight. I’ve got to learn how to walk like Kerry Washington in heels. I gotta lose my belly.’ And then I asked myself, ‘Well, why do I have to do all of that?’”

She continued, “I truly believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are, and I just recently embraced that at 51. I think my strongest power is that at 10 o’clock every Thursday night, I want you to come into my world. I am not going to come into yours. You come into my world and you sit with me, my size, my hue, my age, and you sit and you experience. And I think that’s the only power I have as an artist, so I thank you for this award.”

In addition to the #SeeHer honor, Davis took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Fences.

Keep on shining, Viola!

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

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