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Emmy 2015: Viola Davis Becomes First Black To Win Outstanding Lead Actress In Drama Series

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| September 21 , 2015 , 11:13 IST
[caption id="attachment_128248" align="alignleft" width="370"]Viola Davis accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for “How to Get Away With Murder”at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Viola Davis accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for “How to Get Away With Murder ”at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)[/caption] "The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity," said Viola Davis, who broke the colour barrier by becoming the first African-American to win the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series honour at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. Davis was honoured for her portrayal of alluring, tough and morally compromised law professor Annalise Keating in the ABC legal thriller "How to Get Away with Murder". She started her impactful and emotional acceptance speech by quoting Harriet Tubman: "In my mind, I 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 can't seem to reach them no-how." A tearful Davis, who has been a two-time Academy Award nominee, added: "Let me tell you one thing: The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. ALSO READ: Game Of Thrones Emerges Best Drama Series At Emmys 2015 "So here's to all the writers, the awesome people...Shonda Rhimes (the show's creator), people who have redefined what it's like to be beautiful, sexy, to be a leading woman...to be black." Davis, dressed in a white gown, also thanked actresses like Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, and Halle Berry, for "taking us over that line". Henson, among many others, applauded Davis' heartfelt speech, and even gave her a standing ovation.