Emmys 2015: Viola Davis Makes History

Viola Davis won the Emmy Award

Viola Davis won the Emmy Award for outstanding actress in a drama series tonight for her role as Annalise Keating on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder”, and made history in the process.  She is now the first woman of color to ever win in the category, though Debbie Allen, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Regina Taylor, and Kerry Washington have been nominated in the past.
 
After a lovely moment with fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson on her way up to the stage, Davis gave a moving acceptance speech:  “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 no how. I can't seem to get over that line. That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. nd 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 –Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading women, to be black. And to the to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharie, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union, thank you for taking us over that line.”
 
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, actress Sanaa Lathan, Sherri Shepard, Oprah, Andy Cohen, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Laverne Cox and Idris Elba were among those who tweeted Davis well wishes.