It’s about time! Viola Davis, who has been nominated for two Academy Awards and has won an Emmy Award for her role as kickass law professor Annalise Keating in How To Get Away With Murder, couldn’t keep the smile off her face (and neither could we!) as she was recognised with one of Hollywood’s highest honours on Thursday. It’s too wonderful that such a talented woman would be the first celeb to get a star in 2017.
Industry veteran Meryl Streep presented her with the honour, saying, ‘She is the most immediate, responsive artist I have ever worked with. She is so alive, she glistens. She is a gift to writers. She plants herself in a scene where she has no words, and she writes paragraphs with her eyes.’ Meryl and Viola starred together in the 2008 film Doubt – their roles in the movie earned them both Academy Award nominations.
Viola’s speech was equally heartwarming and inspirational. She spoke about her tough upbringing, saying, ‘The only picture I have of myself as a kid in kindergarten is with a little sucker and an expression that’s not really a smile, not really a frown, just something. But every time I looked at that little girl, I always thought, “Oh, that’s a cute outfit.” She was always hungry, she was always shy, she was always kind of in the background, but inside she had big dreams bursting. And the only thing I could think about is that saying, “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.”
‘I cannot believe my life right now, that Meryl Streep spoke at my Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, with my handsome husband and a beautiful daughter, and my family, and my representatives… It’s like my life flashing before my eyes, and all I can say is God has blessed my life in abundance.’
We can’t wait to see where her career will take her next – all we know is we’ll be watching closely! You can watch the full moment below.
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