Viola Davis was dressed in a bright yellow, single-shouldered Michael Kors gown, according to her stylist Elizabeth Stewart, at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards which aired live from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday, Jan. 8. 2017.
Davis won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for her role as Rose Maxson, wife to Denzel Washington’s Troy Maxson, in American drama Fences.
This was a phenomenal evening for women of color, Naomie Harris (Moonlight) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) were also nominated in this category as was Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea) and Nicole Kidman (Lion).
Here’s Viola Davis’ acceptance speech:
“It’s not every day that Hollywood dreams of turning a play into a picture… It doesn’t scream money maker. It does scream art. It does scream heart.
“…Denzel, you know I am a friend and a fan. Thank you for being an extraordinary leader, great actor, great director. Thank you for saying, ‘trust me,’ and ‘remember the love.’
“And, my beautiful husband [Julius], my daughter, Genesis, the 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.”
In 2010, Davis won a Tony Award for Best Actress the stage version of Fences, when the Pulitzer Prize-winning play was revived at the Cort Theatre.