Viola Davis most certainly swung for the fences when it came to her Oscars speech.

The actress, who won her first Academy Award on Sunday night, delivered a long and rambling speech after nabbing the Best Supporting Actress gong for Fences.

Viola, 51, broke down in tears as she opened her speech, which went overtime by over two minutes, with a metaphor about a graveyard. 

Overcome: Viola Davis most certainly swung for the fences when it came to her Oscars speech on Sunday night

Overcome: Viola Davis most certainly swung for the fences when it came to her Oscars speech on Sunday night

Without a script: Viola, 51, broke down in tears as she opened her speech, which went overtime, with a metaphor about a graveyard

Without a script: Viola, 51, broke down in tears as she opened her speech, which went overtime, with a metaphor about a graveyard

‘There’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered — and that’s the graveyard,’ she began through tears.

‘People ask me all the time, what kind of stories do you want to tell? And i say, “Exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories,'” she said. 

‘We are the only profession to celebrate what it means to live a life. So here’s to [Fences playwright/screenwriter] August Wilson, who exhumed — and exalted — ordinary people.’ 

'There's one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered — and that's the graveyard,' she began through tears

‘There’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered — and that’s the graveyard,’ she began through tears

The moment Viola's name was announced as winner: The actress nearly jumped out of her seat

The moment Viola’s name was announced as winner: The actress nearly jumped out of her seat

Viola had tears in her eyes as she said: 'I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.'

Viola had tears in her eyes as she said: ‘I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.’

She went on to thank your costar and director: ‘And captain, my captain Denzel Washington. Thank you for putting two entities in the driving seat: August and God. and they served you well.’

Viola had tears in her eyes as she said: ‘I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.’

She went on to thank your costar and director: 'And captain, my captain Denzel Washington. Thank you for putting two entities in the driving seat: August and God. and they served you well.'

She went on to thank your costar and director: ‘And captain, my captain Denzel Washington. Thank you for putting two entities in the driving seat: August and God. and they served you well.’

Just for you! Mark Rylance handed Viola her gong

Just for you! Mark Rylance handed Viola her gong

It was also a crowning achievement as she became the first black actor to ever receive an Oscar, Emmy, and a Tony.

The official set length of time for an Oscars speech is 45 seconds, but the actress went well over three minutes. 

Viola was previously nominated for Doubt (2008) and The Help (2011).

Nominated: Nicole Kidman, who was nominated for Lion, lost out to the Fences actress

Nominated: Nicole Kidman, who was nominated for Lion, lost out to the Fences actress

Giving her the moment: The official set length of time for an Oscars speech is 45 seconds, but the actress went well over three minutes

Giving her the moment: The official set length of time for an Oscars speech is 45 seconds, but the actress went well over three minutes

89TH ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINEES

MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling in La La Land

Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington in Fences

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali in Moonlight

Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel in Lion

Michael Shannon in Nocturnal Animals

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert in Elle

Ruth Negga in Loving

Natalie Portman in Jackie

Emma Stone in La La Land

Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis in Fences

Naomie Harris in Moonlight

Nicole Kidman in Lion

Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams in Manchester by the Sea

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

COSTUME DESIGN

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

DIRECTING

Arrival – Denis Villeneuve

Hacksaw Ridge – Mel Gibson

La La Land – Damien Chazelle

Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

13th

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

 

FILM EDITING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

MUSIC – ORIGINAL SCORE 

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

MUSIC – ORIGINAL SONG

Audition (The Fools Who Dream) – La La Land

Can’t Stop The Feeling – Trolls

City Of Stars – La La Land

The Empty Chair – Jim: The James Foley Story

How Far I’ll Go – Moana 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land

Passengers

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode

SOUND EDITING

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

SOUND MIXING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

VISUAL EFFECTS

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

WRITING – ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

WRITING – ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

 

 

 







Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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