Uzo Aduba, Regina King, and Viola Davis Win Big, Make Emmys History
The 2015 Emmy Awards proved to be a monumental feat for black actresses. Viewers and social media users shared their excitement towards Viola Davis, Regina King, and Uzo Aduba's history making Emmy win.
Fans praised these three actresses for their work in an industry that many argue cater to caucasian leading ladies.
Viola Davis made Emmy’s history on Sunday, Sept. 20 when she became the first black woman to ever win for the Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series category.
"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity," Viola said in her acceptance speech for her role in “How to Get Away With Murder.”
“You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there," she added, while thanking the show-runners, executives and other actresses "who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman...to be Black.”
Well said Viola.
Next up, Uzo Aduba proved that she is a force to be reckoned with and an inspiration for black actresses everywhere when she won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Her most recent win now marks her second time consecutively that she has received this Emmy.
Last, but certainly not least, Regina King won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series for her role in “American Crime.”
Congrats to these ladies on their win and for being the catalysts for what we hope will be a continued diversification of actresses on television.
Thank you for inspiring us.