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Last night, as she stood upon the stage at the Screen Actors Guild awards to accept the award for best lead actress, Viola Davis‘ acting career came full circle.

Her stunning white gown embellished with the perfect amount of gold flair was a far cry from the garb worn by maid Aibileen in the blockbuster The Help.

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When Viola stepped on the stage, her pure excitement and sincere gratitude for not only being nominated, but for beating out Hollywood heavyweights Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, was moving.

Viola’s chiffon Marchesa gown helped accent her glow from within, but it was her acceptance speech that stole the show and brought her fellow actors and actresses to tears as she reminded them to dream big and dream fierce.

Watch the inspiring Viola accept the award below.

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