By Gerrad Hall
January 08, 2017 at 11:24 PM EST
Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP

Viola Davis offered an emotional tribute to Hollywood veteran Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, calling her a “muse.”

While presenting the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Streep, Davis praised the multiple Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress and recalled working with her on 2008’s Doubt. “Every day my husband would call me at night and say, ‘Did you tell her how much she means to you?’ and I’d say, ‘No, I can’t say anything, Julius. I’m just nervous. All I do is stare at her all the time,’” she recalled.

Davis got her moment Sunday night, telling the packed International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton that the 67-year-old Streep is “like a high-powered scanning machine” recording you during conversations. “She is an observer and a thief. She waits to share what she has stolen on that sacred place, which is the screen,” Davis said. “She makes the most heroic characters vulnerable; the most known, familiar; the most despised, relatable. Dame Streep.”

Read the entirety of Davis’ tribute to Streep, and see video from the ceremony, below:

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