Viola Davis made history at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards on the 20th of September 2015, when she won the ‘Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series’ award for her role as a morally ambiguous law professor, Annalise Keating, on the debut season of ABC’s ‘How To Get Away With Murder’. It’s the first time that the award in question went to an African American woman.
This award is a celebrated one in the light of the fact that the African American gets fewer opportunities. Asides that, her acceptance speech will remain as a landmark one in the years to come, thanks to her shooting straight from the hip.
“You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there”, is what she said onstage, emphasizing that it was not the lack of talent that kept African American women from winning this award. She minced no words when she said: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”
Her acceptance speech was peppered with insightful statements like: “In my mind, I see a line. And over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no-how. I can’t seem to get over that line”. An emotional Davis thanked several other actresses of color, the names being fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington and Halle Berry. “Thank you for taking us over that line,” she said.
Eventually, when you make every opportunity count, you will not let the world get away with murder!
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