The Most Inspiring Thing Viola Davis Said at the Oscars Wasn’t Part of Her Acceptance Speech

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In case you missed it,”Fences” star Viola Davis wowed the crowd with her emotional Oscar speech this past Sunday night at the 89th Academy Award show. But it was what she said after she left the stage that will really inspire you.

“What are you feeling right now?” the reporter asked.

“Its not my style to wake up and go, ‘oh I’m an Oscar winner. Oh my gosh let me go for a run,’” Davis explained. “You know, I’m good with it. I’ll have some mac n’ cheese and I’ll go back to washing my daughter’s hair tomorrow night. But,” she continued, “this is the first time in my entire life that I’ve stepped back — and I’m going to try not to cry now, all of a sudden and be cheesey — and I can’t believe my life.”

“I grew up in poverty,” the actress explained. “You know, I grew up in apartments that were condemned and rat infested and I just always sort of wanted to be somebody. And I just wanted to be good at something, so this is sort of the miracle of God, dreaming big, and just hoping that it sticks and lands — and it did. Who knew? So, yeah. I’m overwhelmed.”

Davis’s winning speech as Best Supporting actress is one of the many moments remembered from Sunday night. Some of the others include “Moonlight” star Mahershala Ali giving a shout out to fatherhood and winning an Oscar for best supporting actor, for his role in “Moonlight” a coming age film about an African-American boy growing up in Miami.

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