Viola Davis Gives Moving Speech at 2016 Critics' Choice Awards

Viola Davis received the first-ever #SeeHer Award at the Critics' Choice Awards.

Taking the stage after a standing ovation, Davis quipped, "It's hard to accept being a role model for women when you're trying to lose weight."

Davis said the "privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. And I recently embraced that at 51."

Her "strongest power," she said, is inviting the audience "to come into my world," on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. for the ABC drama.

"You come into my world, and you sit with me, my size, my hue, my age, and you sit, and you experience. And I think that's the only power I have as an artist, so I thank you for this award," she said. "And I do see her — just like I see me."

Davis also took home an award for best supporting actress for her role in the movie "Fences."

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