PHOTOS: Live from the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards
Decked in a white Marchesa gown, Davis thanked actresses Cecily Tyson and Meryl Streep for inspiring her to become an actress.
"What is there but a dream?" she said delivering a message to youth in her hometown in Rhode Island. "Dream big, and dream fierce," she added.
PHOTOS: Live from the 2012 Golden Globe Awards
"The Help" also won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Davis is also up for a Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of maid Aibileen Clark in the movie set in 1950s Mississippi.