Mahershala Ali & Viola Davis on Sway in the Morning

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Last night marked the 89th annual Academy Awards – and although the talk of the night was the crazy award-winning mix-up between La La Land and Moonlight, we celebrate the epic win of friend of Sway in the Morning’s Viola Davis for winning best supporting actress for “Fences.”

“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,” she said, adding, “I became an artist and thank God I did … because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”

Another proud win for us was that of Mahershala Ali, winning best supporting actor for his role in “Moonlight,” he started by joking that his grandmother would want him to button up his jacket, which had come undone. He thanked his teachers as well as his wife, who just gave birth to their daughter four days ago. “I just want to thank her for being such a soldier through this process … and really carrying me through it all,” he said.

Catch the whole list of Academy Award winners here, plus watch Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali’s Sway in the Morning interviews below.


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