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Viola Davis Accepts AAFCA Icon Award: “I Will Continue to Leave a Legacy of Hope”

Last night, Viola Davis accepted the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Icon award and gave a heartwarming note, in which she said that despite all her accolades (an Oscar, Emmy and two Tony Awards), she had struggled to feel worthy of such praise.

“What makes it an easy pill to swallow is when I think about people like August Wilson, and I think about directors like George C. Wolfe and Denzel Washington,” said Davis on Wednesday night while accepting an Icon Award. “And the reason why I say that is my acceptance of any of this praise is equal to my absolute passion to leave a legacy. A legacy for brown-skinned girls just like me who were told that they were invisible.”

Per THR: Davis accepted the honor during a private two-hour virtual telecast for her work in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom directed by Wolfe and co-starring Chadwick Boseman, who was also feted during the show as best actor. She thanked Boseman, her fellow cast members, Netflix and its top executives Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber, and all the “beautiful people in my life who see me.”

The actress who is nominated for a best actress Oscar this year continued:

“It’s been the ride of my life to have this career. I have been blessed and fortunate in every single way to be able to literally give you all the human beings, the black and brown human beings that I’ve embodied and to give them to you and to help you to feel less alone through their stories. I will continue to leave a legacy of hope, of life, of humor, of pathos, of humanity for as long as God will have me here. I just want to say this one thing, because of this past year and everything that we have been through, what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. We have within us, all the tools that are necessary to elevate our lives in the most unbelievable profound ways. I have found it through my acting, but my God, we can find it through every area in our life.”

Congratulations to her!

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