Viola Davis Emmys Video: First African-American To Win Lead Actress In Drama Series — WATCH HERE!
Viola Davis made history at the 2015 Emmy Awards when she became the first African-American to win Outstanding Lead Actress In A Series. Watch below!
Nominated for “How To Get Away With Murder,” Davis was competing against Claire Danes, Tatiana Maslany, Elisabeth Moss, Robin Wright, and Taraji P. Henson. This marked the first time in the history of the Emmys that two African-American actresses received nods in the category. In past years, Kerry Washington, Cicely Tyson, Regina Tylor, Alfre Woodard, and Debbie Allen all garnered nominations, and now Davis is the first to actually win.
When Davis’ name was announced as the winner, tears sprung to her eyes in shock. Henson then ran over and the two shared a powerful embrace. When Davis took the stage, she began, “‘In my mind, I see a line. And over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. But I can’t seem to get there nohow. I can’t seem to get over that line.’ That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s.
“And let me tell you something, the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” continued Davis. “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 concluded, “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.” See the full video below.