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Viola Davis wins best supporting actress Globe for ‘Fences’


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 08: Actress Viola Davis, winner of the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture for ‘Fences’, poses in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images/AFP

Viola Davis on Sunday won the best supporting actress Golden Globe for the big screen adaptation of August Wilson’s play “Fences” — the story of a working-class African-American family in the 1950s.

Davis bested Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”), Nicole Kidman (“Lion”), Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”) and Michelle Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”).

“It’s not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen. It doesn’t scream moneymaker, you know? But it does scream art. It does scream heart,” said Davis, who also won a Tony for the same role.

She thanked co-star and director Denzel Washington, calling him an “extraordinary leader.” Washington is nominated in the best actor category.

She dedicated the award to her father Dan Davis.

“Born in 1936, groomed horses, had a fifth grade education, didn’t know how to read until he was 15. But you know what? He had a story. And it deserved to be told. And August Wilson told it,” she told the audience at the Beverly Hilton.

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