Viola Davis’ victory at Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards affirmed her place in Hollywood history as the 23rd person to complete the “triple crown of acting” — a rare feat referring to performers who have won at least one competitive acting award at the Oscars, the Emmys and the Tonys. Winning the award for Best Supporting Actress in the 2016 film Fences, Davis became the first black woman to join this most sought-after acting club. After last year’s monolithic awards ceremony, which prompted the hashtag #Oscarssowhite, Davis’ victory is another nod to the triumph of diversity at this year’s event.
Davis’ latest award follows an Emmy in 2015 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder and two Tony Awards, first in 2001 for her work in King Hedley II, and then again in 2010 for her work in the Broadway rendition of Fences.
Other victors of the so-called triple crown of acting include Jessica Lange, Helen Mirren, Al Pacino and Ingrid Bergman. Although Whoopie Goldberg has her own triple crown, hers is of a slightly different nature as she won her Tony for producing the Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, rather acting in it. After receiving the Oscar, Davis delivered a powerful acceptance speech that brought tears to the eyes of some in attendance at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Watch her full remarks below.
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