Stunning and talented actress Viola Davis made history at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20 when she took home the win for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
As the lead character Annalise Keating in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, Davis’ win is the first time a black woman has won that award.
The 50-year-old took to the stage for a major and emotional win to not only give thanks, but to reflect on racial inequality, beginning her speech with a quote from Harriet Tubman. “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.”
She continued with, “And 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” while also recognizing some of her peers who have crossed that “line.” “And to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union, thank you for taking us over that line.”
With Henson being nominated as well, the pair together made history as it was the first time two black women had earned an Emmy nomination in the same year in the same category.