Viola Davis Praises TV Diversity in Emotional SAG Award Speech

Let it be known that Viola Davis kills speeches in real life, too.

At Sunday night's SAG Awards, my surrogate TV mutha was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series alongside Robin Wright (House of Cards), Claire Danes (Homeland), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black).

I'm sure all those women slay (especially Robin Wright), but if you watch How to Get Away with Murder, you know Davis deserved the shit out of this win. Plus, she's used these opportunities to classily clap back at that New York Times article and say, "I do this." It's wondrous. Here's what Davis (that. hair.) said breathlessly while accepting her SAG trophy:

"When I tell my daughter stories at night, inevitably a few things happen. Number one, I use my imagination. I always start with life and then I build from there. And then the other thing that happens is she always says, 'Mommy, can you put me in the story.' And you know, it starts from the top up."


Also, big up to Shonda Rhimes and the show's producers, said Davis, "for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark-skinned African American woman who looks like me." Complex black characters—what a novel idea.

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"You guys know about vampires?" Diaz asked. "You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There's this idea that monsters don't have reflections in a mirror. And what I've always thought isn't that monsters don't have reflections in a mirror. It's that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.

And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn't see myself reflected at all. I was like, "Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don't exist?

And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might seem themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it." - Junot Diaz

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