Emmys: Viola Davis Becomes First Black Lead Actress Winner

21 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Emmys 2015: Viola Davis makes history as first black woman to win best actress in a drama series.

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 colour to win the Emmy for best actress in a drama series. “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.” In her speech, Davis began by quoting the civil rights activist Harriet Tubman. “In my dreams and visions,” said the actor, whose voice was charged with emotion, “I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how.” ““Let me tell you something,” Davis continued, “the only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity. Weiss were onstage Sunday night accepting an award on behalf of their HBO show, text at the bottom of the screen teased that “Oscar winner Viola Davis” would be on screen in the next 12 minutes. He told the packed crowd in the Microsoft Theatre in central Los Angeles: “I was chewing gum, I wasn’t prepared because the other actors in my category awe me with their performances.” Meanwhile, Richard Jenkins scooped up outstanding lead actor in a limited series or a film for the same show and thanked McDormand for bringing him on board, adding: “Thank you for letting me surf your artistry for four months.

His opening monologue touched on politics — mocking both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, and taking a dig at Kim Davis — before riffing on the nominees. Toward the close of the show, Tracy Morgan, seriously injured in a crash more than a year ago, walked out on stage to present the award for best drama series to Game of Thrones. Morgan — who suffered a traumatic brain injury in the June 2014 crash, which killed comedian James McNair — thanked the crowd for their prayers and good thoughts. He also demonstrated he was feeling like himself again by vowing to impregnate “a lot of women” at the afterparty — a joke that delighted a crowd already moved by his very presence.

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