Viola Davis has made history as the first black woman to win acting gongs at the Oscars, Emmy and Tony Awards.
The 51-year-old US actress praised playwright August Wilson who wrote ‘Fences’ which earned her the Academy Award for her role as long-suffering housewife Rose Maxson.
‘I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. So, here’s to August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people’, she said.
The actress also praised Denzel Washington, 62, who co-starred and directed the movie.
Earlier this month Davis also picked up a best-supporting actress Bafta for the role.
Davis becomes the 23rd person to complete the so-called triple crown of acting, which is the term used to describe actors and actresses who have won at least one competitive acting award at the Oscars, the Emmys and the Tonys.
She was previously nominated for her supporting role in the 2008 film “Doubt” and for best actress for the 2011 film “The Help”.
Davis has gathered critical acclaim for her stage, film and television performances. She has also earned a reputation for making powerful awards show speeches. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that simply are not there,” she said in 2015. This is when she became the first black woman to win the award for lead actress in a drama.
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Meanwhile, Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar when he picked up the best supporting prize. Ali won the award for his role in Moonlight.
The 43-year-old said he was ‘blessed’ in his career and thanked his teachers.
Speaking after accepting his award, Ali said that his triumph pales in comparison with the efforts of wife Amatus Sami-Karim. His wife gave birth to their daughter Bari Najma last week with no epidural.
Ali said, “Women are the toughest beings on the planet – incredible seeing this 8lb being come out of her body”.