Viola Davis Becomes 1st Black Person To Win An Oscar, Tony And Emmy For Acting


Viola Davis has officially become the first black performer in history to win an Emmy, Tony and Oscar for acting. At the 89th Academy Award, the thespian received her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences.

Whoopi Goldberg was the first black performer to win a Tony, Oscar and Emmy; but her Emmy was for hosting The View, not acting. Now, Davis is proudly making history, herself. Not only is this honor one for the books, but Davis also became the first black actress to have three Oscar nominations. 

The talent was very emotional when she accepted her trophy at the awards ceremony. She tried her best to hold back tears, as she thanked the Academy, her Fences co-star and director Denzel Washington, late Fences playwright August Wilson, her family and more.

Listen to her acceptance speech below.


Throughout her extensive career, Davis has won a Golden Globe, British Academy award, Screen Actors Guild awards, Critics Choice awards, and more. Her Davis 20-plus year career has definitely reached a new level, as of late. Not only is the star celebrating her first Oscar, but she just received her Hollywood Walk Of Fame star this year, too!

Way to go, Viola Davis! A queen like you deserves these wins!

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