Viola Davis just won her first Oscar award in the category Best Supporting Actress for her impactful role in Denzel Washington’s Fences. Viola Davis has been nominated three times for an Oscar Award but she won it finally this year. The 89th Academy Awards has some of the most number of Black nominations ever and this year the Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim to win and Viola Davis became the first Black woman to win an Emmy, Tony and an Oscar. Viola Davis catapulted herself the one of the most prestigious and hallowed acting clubs in the world. She became the 23rd person to complete the so-called triple crown of acting, a term that is used to describe actors and actresses that have won at least one Oscar, Emmy and Tony award.
Viola Davis became the first Black woman to achieve this rare and exceptional feat. She won her Oscar for Fences this year, an Emmy in 2015 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in How to get Away with Murder and two Tony Awards first in 2001 for her work in King Hedley II and then again in 2010 for her Broadway rendition of Fences. Viola Davis joins the elite acting group that holds only a handful of acting legends like Jessica Lange, Helen Mirren, Al Pacino and Ingrid Bergman. Meryl Streep, one of the greatest actresses of all times who has been nominated for a record 20 Oscar nominations has also not been able to complete this coveted and exemplary triad of awards. Whoopi Goldberg completed her triple crown, but her Tony came from producing the Broadway musical Throughly Modern Millie not acting in it. Oscars 2017: Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim Man to win an Academy Award
Viola Davis’s acceptance speech at the Oscars can’t be more amazing and powerful.