Acceptance Speech by Viola Davis at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
January 29, 2017
Thank you SAG-AFTRA. You know, I could do a laundry list of all the people to thank, you know, everyone involved in the film: Scott Rudin, Molly Allen, Todd Black, Ron Macro, Paramount, Denzel. What can I say? A friend and a fan, what can I say? And Mykelti, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Jovan Adepo, Saniyya Sidney; my love of my life, my husband Julius, my daughter Genesis, and August Wilson.
Uhm, you know they say that maybe all one can hope for is the right regrets. And what August did so beautifully is he honored the average man, who happened to be a man of color. And sometimes, we don’t have to shape the world and move the world and create anything that is going to be in a history back. The fact that we breathed and live a life and was a god to our children, just that means we have a story and it deserves to be told.
We deserve to be in the cannon of any – in the center of any narrative that’s written out there. And that’s what August did. He elevated my father, my mother, my uncles, who had eighth and fifth grade educations, and he just encapsulated them in history.
So thank you, August. Thank you for – thank you.