Viola Davis and Oprah Winfrey
Viola Davis and Oprah Winfrey

During Oprah's Oscar Special on Wednesday, Winfrey at her best evoked heartfelt emotion from "The Help" Best Actress nominee Viola Davis. The Tony-winning theater and film actress was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress for "Doubt" in 2008, opposite her 2012 Oscar rival Meryl Streep, who won at the BAFTAs last weekend. (TOH interviewed Davis here.)

Winfrey and Davis discuss the self-esteem issues that come with acting.  Davis tearfully opens up about her midlife crisis during "Doubt" as she learned about the unexpectedly isolating effects of success.

In her Oscar Special, Winfrey also chats with Davis' "The Help" co-star Octavia Spencer, as well as "Moneyball" nominee Jonah Hill (and his parents).  More clips outlined at NYT's Carpetbagger.