Davis thanked the late playwright August Wilson for bring to life the story of regular, everyday people of color.
Taking the stage to accept the award for her role as Rose Maxson in the film adapted from August Wilson's play Fences, Davis spoke to the audience about Wilson and his ability to bring to life the story of black people, adding, "The fact that we breathed and live a life ... just that, means that we have a story and it deserves to be told."
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Following the announcement, Davis thanked director and co-star Denzel Washington as well as the Academy. "Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you Denzel for being at the helm."