This one has been a long time coming. Viola Davis, seen here rocking a gorgeous print dress, is the first black actress to win an Emmy for a leading role.
“The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity,” Davis said in her speech. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
Viola Davis made history at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards when she won for best actress in a drama for How to Get Away With Murder: It’s the first time that award has gone to a black woman.
When Davis’ award was announced, Taraji P. Henson — nominated for the same award for her work on Empire — gave Davis a fierce hug and a one-woman standing ovation.
NPR’s Eric Deggans wrote earlier this week that a win by either Davis or Henson would be a first “basically because black women haven’t had many starring roles in TV dramas until recently.”