Viola Davis just took home her first Golden Globe for her performance in Fences. The actress has been nominated a total of five times: for her supporting role in Doubt in 2009, for her leading role in The Help in 2012, for her leading role in How To Get Away With Murder in 2015 and 2016, and finally, for her supporting role in Fences this awards season. This win marks a much-deserved achievement for the actress, whose performance as housewife Rose Maxson in the play-turned-film Fences is nothing short of stunning.
“This is my fifth nomination,” Davis said in her acceptance speech. “To all the people who believed in this piece of work: It’s not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen. It doesn’t scream ‘money maker.’ But it does scream art. It does scream heart.” Davis went on to thank co-star and director Denzel Washington for his role in making the film. “Thank you for being an extraordinary leader, great actor, great director,” she said. “Thank you for saying, ‘Trust me.’ And remember the love.”
Fences tells the story of a Pittsburgh man, Troy Maxson (played by Washington), and his family. Maxson missed his chance to pursue his dream and become a professional baseball player, because major leagues weren’t accepting black athletes until he was deemed too old to play. As Maxson struggles to accept his son’s dream to become a professional football player, the tension between who he is and who he dreamt of becoming is evident. Davis plays Maxson’s wife, Rose, and beautifully captures the ways in which Maxson’s conflict is affecting those around him.
Congratulations to Davis on her win!
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