Viola Davis Fears Being an Oscar Favorite and Then Losing
"It's like falling from a 100-story building. As opposed to, if you know you're losing, it's like falling from a one-story building."
Jimmy Kimmel had actress Viola Davis on as a guest on Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live and the host of this year's Oscars talked to Davis about how she is seen as "the odds-on favorite" to win best supporting actress at the Academy Awards this year.
"Some say you're a lock," said Kimmel.
"You know I've been the odds-on favorite to win before and lost?" responded Davis, who is up for her role in Fences. "It's devastating."
Kimmel asked if that was worse than just losing, and she said of course.
"It's like falling from a 100-story building as opposed to if you know you're losing, it's like falling from a one-story building," explained Davis.
Kimmel also asked her who writes the "great speeches" she's so known for.
"I write them Jimmy," said Davis regally. "They're off-the-cuff."
Davis even offered to help Kimmel with some of his Oscar remarks.