Come through, Annalise Keating!
Viola Davis took home the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her incredible role in How to Get Away with Murder, and her speech will leave you on the floor screaming, “YAAAS” uncontrollably. (Oh! Did we mention Viola is the first African American woman to win the award? Because that’s important.) The Oscar-nominated actress took the time to discuss the experience of being an African American woman on television, and her words left many—including Scandal star Kerry Washington—in tears.
“Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” she said. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
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She went on to give a shout-out to Murder creator Shonda Rhimes for creating some of those roles and even nodded to black actresses like Kerry, Taraji P. Henson, and Gabrielle Union for slaying the game with her.“Thank you for taking us over that line,” she said. (Look at Taraji giving a standing ovation!)
Lady Viola, you never cease to amaze us. We can’t wait for Murder to return Thursday, Sept. 24. (But, we admit, our bodies aren’t ready.)
The VH1 staffers picked their favorite TV moments of the 2015 Emmys season. Watch below!