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Watch Viola Davis’s #SeeHer Award Acceptance Speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards

During Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards, Viola Davis was the woman of the night. Not only did Davis win the Best Supporting Actress award for her part in Fences, but she also received the feminist #SeeHer top-honor. “It’s hard to accept being a role model for women when you’re trying to lose weight,” Davis quipped, before discussing how her acting parts, particularly her starring role in How to Get Away With Murder, has affected her life and how she hopes to inspire others. “I truly believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are,” she said. “And I just recently embraced that at 51.” Davis is the first-ever recipient of the annual #SeeHer award, which was born out of the #SeeHer ANA campaign that is working to eliminate bias against women in media and advertising.

Watch Viola Davis’s #SeeHer Award Speech