Golden Globes: Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
The 74th annual awards show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday.
Viola Davis took home the Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture on Sunday night for Fences.
"It’s not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen. It doesn’t scream moneymaker," Davis said as she accepted her award. "But it does scream art. It does scream heart."
The actress went on to thank her co-star Denzel Washington during her speech: "Denzel, I’m a friend and a fan. Thank you for being an extraordinary leader."
In the press room backstage, Davis told reporters about the journey of bringing Fences to the big screen.
"It felt very natural. It’s a very intimate story, but not intimate in a way that’s small. … It was such a joy and pleasure to have that challenge and to have August Wilson’s words," she said. "Like I said on the stage, very seldom does the average person get their due, especially someone of color. … I like the stories of the smaller people. I think that it encapsulates time, and it’s universal and inclusive. It felt like a natural, fluid movement to bring it to the screen."
Asked about what Donald Trump’s presidency will mean for people of color moving forward, the actress noted, "I will remove Trump from the equation, because I feel that it’s bigger than him. I believe it’s our responsibility to uphold what it is to be an American and what America is about and the true meaning of what it is to pursue the American dream."
She continued, "I think America in itself is an affirmation, but I think we’ve fallen short a lot. Because there is no way that we can have someone in office who is not an extension of our belief system. So what does that say about us?"
Before the actress took the stage, presenter Michael Keaton notably flubbed his line as he called out each nominee. Keaton mistakenly told the crowd Octavia Spencer was nominated for "Hidden Fences."
During E!'s Golden Globes pre-show, Davis spoke of how working with Washington helped her pull through some of the film's toughest scenes.
"That one speech that I did — the big speech — I did 23 times. We had to get different angles, different shots. And at one point I was like, 'I'm tired,' and Denzel was like, 'We gotta keep going,'" she said. "To make it more intimate was just, for me, a joy because it was a chance to go deeper."
Jimmy Fallon hosted the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 8.