Emmys 2015: Viola Davis makes history with best actress in drama series win
Viola Davis made history at the 2015 Emmy Awards on Sunday
She then paid tribute to other actresses of colour including Taraji P Henson, Scandal star Kerry Washington, Meagan Goods and Halle Berry: “Thank you for taking us over that line.”
Viola Davis, the star of How to Get Away with Murder, made history at the 67th Emmy awards on Sunday night, becoming the first woman of color to win the Emmy for best actress in a drama series.
Viola Davis said, I thanked those who have created ‘opportunities’ for black women on TV
The 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.”
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis said when accepting the award. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”