Emmys 2015: Viola Davis on Her Historic Win: 'The Only Thing That Separates Women of Color from Anyone Else Is Opportunity'
Her role as Professor Annalise Keating on How to Get Away With Murder earned her the win, and she received a standing ovation from the crowd after her emotional speech.
“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. I can’t seem to get there now. I cant seem to get over that line,” said Davis, quoting Harriet Tubman. “But let me tell you something, the only thing that separates women of color from anything else is opportunity.”
“You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. Here’s to all the writers, awesome people.”
“People that have redefined what it means to be a beautiful, sexy, a leading women … To be black.”
The first-time Emmy nominee previously told PEOPLE: “I want to be in the story. I think I deserve to be in that story, and I believe my story deserves to be told.”
Adrien Brody presented the award at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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Fox aired the 2015 Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, live on Sept. 20.