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We have heard so much for the last few days about the mess made at the Oscars.

But actress Viola Davis seems to have given a stirring acceptance speech at the Awards on Sunday night. In receiving the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film adaptation of the August Wilson play Fences, Davis explained where, as a Christian, she finds inspiration - from God (is this a first?), from her mentors in the acting world, from her family, and, strangely, from those who have passed away without having their stories told.

“You know, there is one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered and that’s the graveyard. 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. I became an artist and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”


and if you were/are black - or any minority - your story is untold
white dominant culture automatically assumes everyone else is just like it - just a different race or religion or ethnicity - fill in the blank
or it stereotypes a culture
yes, we share some common joys and sorrows but how we react to them is shaped by what culture we grew up in
hard for an individual story to be told

(is this a first?)



The data is from 1982-2016. Plenty of winners thanked god before 1982, this is just the most scientific article I could find.
That's a very interesting bit of research. But the actual 'thank God' seems to take second place to phrases like 'Oh, my God'!
No, they separated those out.

Also, if you factor in music awards and sports awards, the mentions are even higher.
oh this was about thanking god
i thought it was about telling stories
everybody is always thanking god for their award wins
it's common practice in the USA
everybody is always thanking god for their award wins; it's common practice in the USA

Absolutely. I wanted to make certain that he was aware of it and hard numbers seemed to be the best way. Yes, there are lower numbers in the Oscars - managers, agents, and family are the highest there, which I think reasonable. If you factor in other awards, however, even in the movies/tv genre, the number grows exponentially.