There was no doubt in my mind that Viola Davis would win the Golden Globe for her amazing performance in Fences. As always, Davis took the opportunity to give a moving speech which she dedicated to her father, Dan Davis, a horse-groomer with a fifth-grade education who did not know how to read until he was 15 years old. Davis ended her speech noting the importance of telling stories about people like her father. Later, when she was being interviewed by the press after her win, she was asked about the state of the American Dream in America today and her answer was as intelligent, graceful, and impactful as always:
“I believe that it is our responsibility to uphold what it is to be an American. And what America is about, and the true meaning of what it means to pursue the American dream. I think that America in and of itself has been an affirmation, but I think that we’ve fallen short a lot, because there is no way that we can have anyone in office that is not an extension of our own belief system. So then what does that say about us? And I think that, if you answer that question, I think that that says it all.”
Davis will be back on our small screens on January 26th when How To Get Away With Murder returns from hiatus.