The One Speech From The Emmys That Everyone Needs To Watch
The greatest quote from the Emmy's last night (or maybe in the history of the award show)?
"You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."
Viola Davis, star of hit show How To Get Away with Murder, became the first African-American to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama — a historic and incredible feat. But her acceptance speech deserved its own award.
Davis began her speech by quoting another black female trailbazer, Harriet Tubman:
“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."That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something, the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.
She then went on to thank Murder creator Peter Nowalk, executive producer Shonda Rhimes, and ABC executives Ben Sherwood and Paul Lee, all of whom have "redefined what it is to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black," and fellow female black actors, including nominees Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington, for taking them over Hollywood's invisible line.
You can watch the entirety of the powerful speech below: