Stars React To Viola Davis Speech At Emmys
Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes and Ellen DeGeneres all voiced their support and admiration for actress Viola Davis after she won her first Emmy last night. With her win, Davis become the first black actress to ever win the award for outstanding actress in a drama series.
There were a lot of serious contenders in this category, including Claire Danes for her “Homeland” role and Tatiana Maslany for “Orphan Black.” However, Davis’ work in the show “How to Get Away With Murder” took home the award.
I love listening to her speak. #ViolaDavis
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 21, 2015
And her speech was even better than her acting. She thanked all of the people who made it possible for her to “cross this line” and to do something that a black actress has never done before. She thanked many actress of color who won Academy Awards to pave the way, and also thanked all of the great writers through history who wrote great roles for black women in Hollywood.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) September 21, 2015
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 21, 2015