Viola Davis First African-America Emmy Winner for Best Actress in a Drama – Speech and Celeb Comments

By on September 21, 2015
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Viola Davis made history during the 67th Emmy Awards held in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 20, 2015 when she won the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in the new hit series, How to Get Away With Murder.

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Viola Davis had some serious competition in the category with Claire Danes, Tatiana Maslany, Elisabeth Moss, Robin Wright, and Taraji P. Henson also being nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. While other African-American actresses have been nominated for an Emmy including Scandal’s very own, Kerry Washington, Davis is the first actress to take home the honor.

Davis gave an amazing speech with the most memorable line being,

“Let me tell you something, the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.” Davis ended the speech by saying, “And to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharhies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union, thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you to the Television Academy.”

Celebrities were beyond thrilled for Davis taking to Twitter to congratulate her saying:

Amber Riley (of Glee fame): “I don’t think I’ve ever cried during an award show, but seeing @UzoAduba and @violadavis WIN!? My heart couldn’t be happier!!! Congrats! ?”

Laverne Cox: “@UzoAduba @violadavis @ReginaKing my heart is filled with so much joy as a black woman tonight at the #Emmys2015. U just can’t stop crying.”

Katie Couric: “She’s a wonderful person. So happy for @violadavis #powerful”

And finally the most important person to congratulate Viola Davis was the creator of How to Get Away With Murder, Shonda Rhimes who was SPEECHLESS.

Check out the full video of Viola Davis’ acceptance speech below.

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