Last night, Viola Davis made Emmy history. She won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Annalise Keating on How To Get Away With Murder, which made Davis the first black woman to receive this award. And when she got up on that stage to accept her trophy, she had a powerful and eye-opening message about why it took this long to break Emmy history.
“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,” she said in her acceptance speech. Monumental doesn’t even begin to describe how incredible this moment is. With such an important message, Davis’ speech left a huge mark on viewers as well as some majorly influential people.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) September 21, 2015
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) September 21, 2015
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) September 21, 2015
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) September 21, 2015
Read the full transcript of her speech here and watch her win below:
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