Award Shows September 20, 2015
Viola Davis Gives Moving Speech After Making Emmy History & Jon Hamm Finally Won!
"How to Get Away with Murder" star Viola Davis made history on Sunday as the first black woman to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
The star, who plays Annalise Keating on the ABC show, gave a moving acceptance speech about her win.
"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," Davis said, quoting Harriet Tubman. She continued by pointing out, "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."
Davis then singled out black actresses Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Halle Berry, Nicole Beharie, Meagan Good, and Gabrielle Union, thanking them for "taking us over that line."
Another big winner of the night was Jon Hamm, who finally took home an Emmy for his Don Draper role on "Mad Men."
During his acceptance speech, he thanked his ex Jennifer Westfeldt, saying, "It's incredible and impossible for me personally to be standing here so I want to thank the people to whom I owe an incredible debt. Cora and Jen, thank you all very much, I would not be standing here without you."