2015 Emmy Awards – Viola Davis, the 50-year-old actress-producer on Sunday being 27th of September, 2015, made history at the 2015 Emmy Awards by winning the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role in “How to Get Away With Murder” making her the first African-American woman to ever win an award in that category.
At the mention of her name was surprise one – not expected to be called upon for award. Here are the statement she made after she was called;
“In my mind, I see a line,” Davis began her speech, quoting Harriet Tubman. “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.”
“Let me tell you something,” the actress continued, “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.”
Viola Davis thanked writers and show-runners like Peter Nowalk and Shonda Rhimes for being “people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.”
Viola Davis went on to mention Empire’s Taraji P. Henson, who stayed standing and clapping throughout Davis’ speech, and Scandal’s Kerry Washington, who visibly teared up at the stirring words, and thanked them along with fellow actresses Halle Berry, Nicole Beharie, Meagan Good and Garbielle Union for “taking us over that line.”