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Viola Davis makes history with Emmy win

Published 21/09/2015

Viola Davis
Viola Davis

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were filled with a series of breakthroughs related to race, sexuality and gender identity.

(Cover) - EN Showbiz - Viola Davis has earned a spot in entertainment history with her Primetime Emmy win.

The 50-year-old won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards for her role as Professor Annalise Keating in ABC network’s TV show How to Get Away with Murder.

And while accepting her trophy, Viola gave a riveting speech about equality.

“The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity,” she noted.

Viola is the first black woman in history to have won an Emmy in this category. The Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series contenders this year also included Taraji P. Henson of Empire, Homeland’s Claire Danes, Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black, Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Robin Wright from House of Cards. The entire category was historic from the outset, as Taraji and Viola were the first two black women to have been nominated at the Emmys in this fashion.

This wasn’t the only history-making moment of the evening, as host Andy Samberg took viewers on a wild ride through multiple surprises during the ceremony.

Transgender issues also came to the forefront, as creator Jill Soloway’s Amazon Studios series Transparent was also a big winner on the night. Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor was dubbed Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Jill picked up a trophy in the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series category.

Jeffrey dedicated his Emmy to everyone who has ever suffered for their identity.

“I had a teacher who used to say, 'When you act, you have to act as if your life depends on it.' Now I've been given the opportunity to act because people's lives depend on it,” he said, while on the verge of tears. “Not to repeat myself but to specifically repeat myself, I'd like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community.”

Actress Viola Davis, winner of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for 'How to Get Away With Murder', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actress Viola Davis, winner of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for 'How to Get Away With Murder', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Director David Nutter accepts Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series award for 'Game Of Thrones' on stage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Writer/producer George R.R. Martin, winner of the award for Outstanding Drama Series for 'Game of Thrones', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Actor Peter Dinklage, winner of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for 'Game of Thrones', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Viola Davis poses in the press room with the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for How to Get Away With Murder at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
TV personality Jon Stewart, winner of Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Jon Stewart poses in the press room during the 67th Emmy Awards. (Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Regina King, winner of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for 'American Crime', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Actors Sufe Bradshaw, Matt Walsh, Gary Cole, Sam Richardson, Reid Scott, Kevin Dunn, Timothy Simons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep' and Outstanding Comedy Series for 'Veep', Tony Hale, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for 'Veep,' and Anna Chlumsky pose in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actress Uzo Aduba, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for 'Orange Is The New Black', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Producer Mark Burnett (L) and television personality Carson Daly, winners of Outstanding Reality-Competition Program for 'The Voice', pose in the press room during the 67th Emmy Awards. (Valerie Macon /AFP/Getty Images)
Producers David Coatsworth, Gary Goetzman, Jane Anderson and Steve Shareshian, director Lisa Cholodenko and actors Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins, winners of Outstanding Limited Series for 'Olive Kitteridge', pose in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actor Richard Jenkins (L), winner of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for 'Olive Kitteridge', and actress Frances McDormand, winner of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for 'Olive Kitteridge', pose in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Actor Jon Hamm, winner of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for 'Mad Men', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses in the press room during the 67th Emmy Awards. Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Actress while 'Veep' won Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. (Valerie Edwards /AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Amy Schumer (C), winner of Outstanding Variety Sketch Series for 'Inside Amy Schumer,' with cast and crew pose in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Amy Schumer poses in the press room with cast and crew following their award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series during the 67th Emmy Awards. (Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)
Writer/director Jill Soloway, winner of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for 'Transparent', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Actress Allison Janney, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Mom', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Tony Hale, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for 'Veep', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Chris Addison attends HBO's Official 2015 Emmy After Party. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Armando Iannucci attends HBO's Official 2015 Emmy After Party. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Felicity Huffman (L) and William H. Macy attend the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal attends the 67th Emmy Awards. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for TNT LA)
Tracy Morgan and his wife Megan Wollover pose in the Press Room at the 67th Emmy Awards. (Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Laverne Cox attends HBO's Official 2015 Emmy After Party. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Actors Anthony Anderson (L) and Tracee Ellis Ross speak onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 67th Emmy Awards. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Sofia Vergara arrives at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. (Al Powers/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Actress Kiernan Shipka attends the 67th Emmy Awards. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for TNT LA)
Actress Queen Latifah attends HBO's Official 2015 Emmy After Party. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Actor Don Cheadle and Bridgid Coultier attends the Showtime 2015 Emmy Eve party. (Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
Actress Danielle Brooks attends the 67th Emmy Awards. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for TNT LA)
Actress Taryn Manning attends the 67th Emmy Awards. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for TNT LA)
Actress Samira Wiley attends the 67th Emmy Awards. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Lea DeLaria attends the 67th Emmy Awards. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for TNT LA)
Actress Selenis Leyva attends the 67th Emmy Awards. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for TNT LA)
Actress Jackie Cruz attends the 67th Emmy Awards. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Nazanin Boniadi attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor John Stamos attends the 67th Emmy Awards. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Ron Perlman attends Amazon Prime's Emmy Celebration. (Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)
Actress Christine Marzano (L) and actor/writer Stephen Merchant attend the 67th Emmy Awards. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for TNT LA)
Actor Alan Cumming attends HBO's Official 2015 Emmy After Party. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Actor Adrien Brody speaks onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Lady Gaga attends the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Fox after party. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Singer Adrienne Bailon (R) and actress Tamera Mowry-Housley attend the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Fox after party. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
TV personality Renee Bargh attends HBO's Official 2015 Emmy After Party. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

 

Winners at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2015:

 

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series: Bradley Whitford, Transparent

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series: Margo Martindale, The Americans

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program: Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night

Outstanding Structured Reality Program: Shark Tank

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: Deadliest Catch

Outstanding Television Movie: Bessie

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Allison Janney, Mom

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series: Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series, Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Jill Soloway, Transparent

Outstanding Actor In a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding Actress In A Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Reality Competition: The Voice

Outstanding Writing In A Limited Series/Movie: Jane Anderson, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series/Movie: Regina King, American Crime

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series/Movie: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series/Movie: Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Limited Series: Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Inside Amy Schumer

Outstanding Variety Talk Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Outstanding Writing In A Drama Series: Game of Thrones

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Directing In A Drama Series: David Nutter, Game of Thrones

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Outstanding Actor In A Drama Series: Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series: Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep

Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones

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