Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Feb 27, 2017

After three nominations, Viola Davis won her first Oscar Sunday night. The Central Falls native won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Fences,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.

Davis won a Tony for her performance in the Broadway revival of “Fences” back in 2010. Her portrayal of Rose Maxson also won her a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.

Davis took a moment backstage to describe her childhood ambitions.

“I grew up in apartments that were condemned and rat-infested and I always sort of wanted to be somebody,” said Davis. “I just wanted to be good at something.”

Viola Davis is the first black woman to win a Tony, Oscar, and Golden Globe for acting.