On Feb. 26, 2017, Viola Davis won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in "Fences."

Her work in the film opposite Denzel Washington follows a black family living in 1950s Pittsburgh. Exploring race relations at a critical time in U.S. history, the story allows us to see the world through the type of character that's not often given the spotlight.

"I became an artist, and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life," Davis said in her tearful speech accepting the award. "So here’s to [screenwriter] August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people."

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