Learn the Art of the Perfect Acceptance Speech from Viola Davis

If you weren't crying watching her accept the Golden Globe for Fences, something is wrong.

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Viola Davis is one amazing acceptance-speech giver. And her reaction to winning Best Supporting Actress for Fences at the 2017 Golden Globes continued to prove as much.

In her speech, she thanked August Wilson for bringing the story to life: "It's not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen," she said. "It doesn't scream 'moneymaker.' But it does scream 'art.' It does scream 'heart.'"

Davis previously won a Tony Award for the 2010 stage adaptation of Wilson's play, and in the film version, directed by costar Denzel Washington, she reprises her role as Rose, the wife of an aging garbage man in 1950s Pennsylvania. Here, her full, inspiring speech:

Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press. This is my fifth nomination. I took all the pictures, went to the luncheon...but it's right on time. To Braun Pictures, Macro, Paramount, Scott Rudin, Todd Black, Molly Allen, to all the people who believed in this piece of work. It's not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen. It doesn't scream 'moneymaker.' But it does scream 'art.' It does scream 'heart.' Thank you to all the wonderful actors in Fences, Mykelti, Stephen, Russell, John, Saniyya, Denzel...you know I'm a friend and a fan, thank you for being an extraordinary leader, a great actor, a great director. Thank you for saying 'trust me' and 'remember the love.' And my beautiful husband and daughter Genesis, loves of my life. And to the original Troy, my father Dan Davis, born in 1936, groomed horses, had a fifth-grade education, didn't know how to read until he was 15, but you know what? He had a story, and it deserved to be told, and August Wilson told it. Thank you very much.


Watch the trailer for Fences here:

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