Lack of diversity in Hollywood is a real problem and it’s a good thing that celebrities are increasingly using their acceptance speeches to highlight the issue.
While it was Jessica Chastain who pushed for diversity in the movie industry at the Critics' Choice Awards last weekend, Viola Davis took it upon herself to reiterate the same message at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.
"When I tell my daughter stories at night, inevitably, a few things happen. No. 1, I use my imagination. I always start with life, and then I build from there. And then the other thing that happens is she always says, 'Mommy, can you put me in the story?' And you know, it starts from the top up," the How To Get Away With Murder star said while accepting the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.
Her speech, however, was a tad more powerful than Chastain’s because Davis also mentioned ageism – another important and less-talked-about issue in Hollywood.
Davis thanked Shonda Rhimes, Paul Lee, Besty Beers and Pete Nowal “for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark skinned African-American woman who looks like me."