February 06, 2023

Viola Davis Becomes an EGOT Winner

Viola Davis scored a truly historic win at the 2023 Grammys on Sunday, 5 February, joining an exclusive list of fewer than 20 honourees.

“The Woman King” star became the 18th person to achieve EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards) status after she picked up the award for Best Audiobook, Narration, and Storytelling Recording for her memoir, “Finding Me”.

“I wrote [“Finding Me”] to honour the six-year-old Viola, to honour her, to honour her life, her joy, her trauma, her everything,” Davis said during her acceptance speech at the prestigious event held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California.

The 57-year-old excitedly added “I just EGOT!” to a wave of cheers from the audience, before thanking her co-workers, along with her “life and joy”: husband Julius Tennon, and her six-year-old daughter, Genesis.

Her Emmy was awarded for her “Lead Drama Actress” performance in drama thriller series, “How to Get Away with Murder”, while she clutched an Oscar for the 2017 film adaption of August Wilson’s play, “Fences”.

She also picked up a Tony Award for “Best Actress in a Play” for the 2010 stage production of the 1985 play.

Davis has become the third black woman to achieve EGOT status, joining the ranks of Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Hudson.

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