Watch S.C. native Viola Davis' tearful Oscar acceptance speech

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Viola Davis took home a Supporting Actress Academy Award tonight for her role in the Denzel Washington-directed screen adaptation of August Wilson's play Fences.

Born on a former slave plantation in St. Matthews, S.C. in 1965, Davis' family moved to New York soon after her birth, where she went on to attend Juilliard. In an interview with People last year, she recalled stories of her extended family working as sharecroppers without running water or a bathroom.

In addition to her role in Fences, Davis also played Alice Waller in the ensemble DC Comics flick Suicide Squad. Davis has also starred in ABC's How to Get Away with Murder since 2014.


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