You had to know Viola Davis was going to give a moving speech if she won for her role on How to Get Away With Murder, and boy, did she ever. She first quoted Harriet Tubman: “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.”
Davis went on to say, “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.”
The actress thanked writers like Shonda Rhimes and others who redefine “what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.” She then gave a shout-out to her peers like Kerry Washington, fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson, Halle Berry, Nicole Beharie, Gabrielle Union and Meagan Good. Really, the only thing about her speech we didn’t like is that she didn’t get more time to keep on going. Gorgeous, moving and so, so amazing.