Last night, at the 67th Emmy Awards, Viola Davis won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, making her the first Black woman ever to take home the award. She was acknowledged for her role as Annalise Keating, the no-nonsense lawyer and professor with a huge secret in Shonda Rhimes‘ hit fall series How To Get Away With Murder.
After accepting the award and getting a huge hug from Taraji P. Henson, Viola took the stage and delivered yet another jarring speech–similar to the one she gave after winning the same award at Screen Actors Guild in January–this time quoting Harriet Tubman, and thanking several notable Black actresses and producers by name. Watch it above.
“Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”
There’s absolutely no stopping this smoking train, Viola Davis has had one incredible year. History was made at Sunday’s 67th annual Emmy Awards, as Davis became the first Black actress to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role as Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. An emotional, overwhelmed, and honored Davis delivered a riveting speech in acceptance of the award.
“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 quoted Harriet Tubman.
The struggle for Black woman in television has been a topic of discussion for decades. Viola addresses her difficulty as an actress of color in her acceptance speech.
“You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,”
At this year’s Emmys, there were also wins by Orange Is The New Black‘sUzo Aduba in the Supporting Actress Drama category and American Crime‘sRegina King as Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Movie — a record for diversity in the top categories.
These woman have changed the conversation and are finally being recognized for their undeniable talents, despite the color of their skin. This moment is a step in a revolutionary direction for sure.
Congratulations to Viola Davis, she’s truly deserving of the honor!
Golden Globe-nominee Jennifer Lopez and Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis team up for a vigilante thriller. The film premiered in at Sundance Film Festival in 2014, the film hits theaters July 17th.
When teenage Stephon is killed in a drive-by shooting, his mother, Lila, slips into a paralyzing grief. She joins a support group for women who have lost children to crime and meets Eve, a woman whose little girl was killed the same night as Stephon. Lila and Eve form a friendship, and Lila begins to crawl out of her depression. She develops a burning desire to find justice for her son, and she presses the authorities for answers, but they are slow-moving and ineffective. It’s Eve who has the idea first—join together, find the drug dealers who shot Stephon dead, and bring them to justice themselves. Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis (Lila) and Golden Globe-nominee Jennifer Lopez (Eve) burn fierce and bright in director Charles Stone III’s exceptional thriller that takes on the complicated contours of vigilantism. Lila & Eve is a bold and provocative take on justice and the morals of American society.
Viola Davis wants to get away with murder, and embark in a journey through the Underground Railroad
Viola Davis is in the kitchen cooking up a project based on Kate Clifford Larson’s book, Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero with Entourage executive producer Doug Ellin. The biopic will be focused on Harriet Tubman’s courageous acts in and out of the Underground Railroad to free slaves.
The biopic didn’t get a green light yet but if it does, filming will begin next year. This will be a great move for Viola and an overdue biopic.