You go girl! Not only was Viola Davis the first African-American to win Best Actress in a drama at the 2015 Emmys, but she used her platform to highlight the importance of opportunity during her acceptance speech!
Wow — Viola Davis, 50, blew everyone away with her inspiring and emotional acceptance speech during the Emmys on September 20! Viola, who won Best Actress in a drama for her role in How To Get Away With Murder, delivered the acceptance speech of the night! See exactly what she said!
“In my dreams and visions, 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,” Viola said, quoting Harriet Tubman in her acceptance speech.
“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.” Viola went on to thank other actresses of color, including Taraji P. Henson, a fellow nominee who hugged her and gave her a standing ovation after she was announced as the winner. To the women of color, Viola said, “Thank you for taking us over that line.”
Fans were so moved by her speech — they rushed to Twitter to praise her!
@violadavis , just went hard at the emmys…beautifully spoken truths!!!!
— Cant Define me (@lady_donnyell) September 21, 2015
— Denise Jaxon (@DeniseJaxon) September 21, 2015
— Leslie Ellen (@lelellen) September 21, 2015
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— Shira Benozilio