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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis: Academy Award winners and losers

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.

Actress Viola Davis arrives on the red carpet for the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (JOE KLAMAR - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
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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