Viola Davis made history on Sunday night as the first African-American woman to receive an Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama series.
Davis, who hugged Best Leading Actress nominee Taraji P. Henson on the way to the stage, stood with such grace and dignity as she accepted the award for her role as Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. “In my mind, there’s 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. That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s.”
Davis continued, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You can not receive an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
The star, who has always been outspoken about her struggle as an African-American actress in the entertainment industry, went on to thank her writers and HTGAWM creator, Shonda Rhimes, for helping to redefine “what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be Black.”
The 50-year-old added, “And to the Taraji P. Henson’s, the Kerry Washington’s, the Halle Berry’s, the Nicole Beharie’s, the Meagan Good’s, to Gabrielle Union, thank you for taking us over that line.”
Following the beauty’s acceptance speech, the entire room flooded with applause and a standing ovation. This is the first Emmy win and nomination for the actress.
Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves
To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.
But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.
“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”
In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.
When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”
Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”
Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday.
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