Written by Genetta M. Adams, The Root
The 84th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night were turning into a rather predictable affair until one stunning moment near the end.
That moment came when Meryl Streep beat Viola Davis for Best Actress. Davis, who was considered the front-runner for her role as maid Aibileen Clark in The Help, graciously kissed the actress on the cheek as Streep went up to accept her award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
"When they called my name I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, 'Ah, no...Why her, again?' But, whatever," Streep said. This was only her third win even though she's been nominated a record 17 times. Perhaps Hollywood wasn't prepared for what Davis might say if she won. Throughout the awards season, Davis has been outspoken about the lack of roles for women of color.
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