updated 01/29/2012 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/29/2012 AT 10:50 PM ET
“Dream big, dream fierce.” The real-life ladies of The Help would have agreed with Viola Davis, it’s worth it.
Accepting the trophy for female actor in a leading role for the period drama, Davis told the audience gathered at L.A.’s Shrine Exposition Center for Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards: “What is there [in life] but a dream. You can’t trade in your dream for another dream. I am so proud to be an actor.”
It’s an appropriate motto for a cast who were also recognized for their work in the film as an ensemble, the top honor of the night.