Congratulations to Viola Davis on her Oscar win for ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ as Rose Maxson in the film ‘Fences’ (2016) directed by Denzel Washington at the 89th Annual Academy Awards.
Thank you to the Academy. You know, there’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place and that’s the graveyard. 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. I became an artist—and thank God I did—because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. So, here’s to August Wilson, who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people.
NO: (…)So what’s next for you, now that you’ve pretty much conquered the Olympics and the world along with it?
YH: What happened this past season, this gold medal included, is something that would only happen then. With each new season, (competitions and championships) may bear the same names and titles but the time, the place, the rink, the competitors and the programs will all change. Sochi has had its moments but PyeongChang’s are yet to come and they won’t be the same. One doesn’t equate the other. It’s not like those who won in Turin were exactly the same ones who won in Vancouver. Cos in between, we’ll see the times change and huge shifts along with them. But in these changing tides, I really hope to see Japanese male skaters rise and those from other countries following suit. Just anticipating the kind of age that may come really gets me going. Cos there you’ll see me working hard to stay on top and you’ll see everyone reaching their fullest potential. And then, there are the younger ones who come after who’ll become even better. I suppose being able to see all that happen is one of my dreams.
NO: Everyone, huh…
YH: Everyone. Those little students of yours you’re teaching as well. ^__^