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Watch Viola Davis’ Brief But Incisive SAG Awards Acceptance Speech + She Shares Her Love for Cicely Tyson

Watch Viola Davis' Brief But Incisive SAG Awards Acceptance Speech + She Shares Her Love for Cicely Tyson

To be frank, I actually didn’t expect her to win in her category. I really didn’t. Not because I don’t think she’s deserving (she’s Viola Davis, and she’s an Actor!), but I thought her category (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series) was the toughest, with impressive competition, most of them previously nominated and/or won in this category in past years: Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Julianmna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”), and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”). So I wasn’t expecting a first-timer in that category to actually win it. But she did! So congratulations Ms Davis! I just wish it was a performance for a much better show (No, I’m not a fan of “How to Get Away With Murder.” Sorry! But I can love the performer without equally loving the TV series of film she/he is in. Strokes for folks, as the saying goes).

Her acceptance was succinct, yet incisive, and worth sharing again, especially if you missed it last night. It’s embedded below.

Also, Uzo Aduba won in her category – Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, for “Orange Is the New Black.” Now, in her case, I thought she would likely win, given how popular and loved the character she plays is. She’s a standout actress on the show. And to think that, initially, the character wasn’t a series regular during the first season. She was promoted to series regular for season 2.

I couldn’t find Uzo’s acceptance speech online, so, instead, below you’ll see her accepting the Ensemble in a Comedy Series trophy for “Orange Is the New Black.” And underneath that, you’ll find Viola Davis talking to the press after her win, sharing how Cicely Tyson inspired her as a child.

I should note that, in both cases, both actresses made SAG history – that being, the first year both winning lead actresses (Drama and Comedy) were black.

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