ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

In an historic moment for black actresses and the Emmy Awards, future DCEU alum Viola Davis has become the very first black woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, for her role in the brilliant ABC series How To Get Away With Murder, alongside other huge wins for actresses of color.

Having already taken home a Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) award and being nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of defence lawyer and law professor Annalise Keating, Davis managed to end the 74 year long dearth of diversity surrounding the award.

Davis as Annalise Keating
Davis as Annalise Keating

An emotional Davis moved the audience to tears as she thanked HTGAWM's creator and producer Pete Nowalk and Shonda Rhimes respectively, for their roles in her win, before highlighting the necessity of diversity in Hollywood in her beautiful and powerful 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. 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.

Here's the whole speech:

Celebs were quick to post their praise over Davis' win on Twitter:

Aside from Davis making history, there were wins for Orange Is The New Black's Uzo Aduba, who picked up her second Emmy after winning Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix series.

Here's Aduba's tear-jerking speech:

And American Crime's Regina King won Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, beating some serious heavy hitters to the punch. But they didn't mind:

And here is King's speech:

Hopefully 2015's Emmy extravaganza will open the floodgates for a deluge of diversity, and here's to a future of roles that continue to, as Davis so stirringly put, to redefine "what it is to be beautiful... to be a leading woman... to be black."

(Sources: Vulture, Twitter, The Verge)


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