UPDATED: February 27, 8 AM EST:
The artists won their first Oscar trophies in the supporting categories, “marking the first time since the 2007 ceremony that more than one Black actor has won a competitive Academy Award on the same night,” writes Entertainment Weekly:
Mahershala Ali triumphed for his work in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, while Davis nabbed her first Oscar for her co-starring turn as Rose Maxson in Denzel Washington’s August Wilson adaptation Fences — a role that won her a Tony Award in 2010.
Davis delivered an unforgettable speech. Watch the video above and here is a transcript from The Washington Post:
“You know, there is one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered and that’s the graveyard,” a teary-eyed Davis began. “People ask me all the time — what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories — the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition, people who fell in love and lost.”