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Emmys 2015: Viola Davis becomes first black Outstanding Actress winner

2015-09-21 16:01:52

Viola Davis

Viola Davis became the first Africa-American woman to win the Emmy's top acting award - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - last night, thanking her fellow black actresses for persevering in an industry where the roles are often "simply not there" for people of colour.

Accepting her award for ABC's How To Get Away With Murder, Davis quoted Harriet Tubman, for whom she is currently working on an HBO biopic:

“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.”


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