Star Viola Davis became the first black actress to win the top Emmy acting award.
The Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles last night paid homage to Viola, and is where Davis made history, among award’s most diverse group of nominees.
Davis won the Outstanding Lead Actress award for her role in ABC’s Drama Series ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, playing Annalise Keating. Whilst accepting her award Viola Davis quoted African American abolitionist, humanitarian and civil rights activist Harriet Tubman, which left fellow actress Kerry Washington, amongst others, in tears.
The actress brought attention to the biased nature of the film industry by stating “I see green fields and lovely flowers, and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out at me over that line. But I can’t seem to get their no-how. I can’t seem to get over that line”.
Davis’ white and black monochrome Maxi dress seemed to symbolise the established divide between the way in which black and white people are treated within the filmic world.
Davis acknowledged other inspiring black actresses including Taraji P. Henson and Halle Berry for the crucial role they have played in enabling herself to receive the award, as she assembled a real sense of unity amongst the audience.
Oprah Winfrey and Gabrielle Union were amongst the twitter well wishers.