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67th Emmy Winners: ‘Viola Davis makes history with Best Actress win’

LOS ANGELES (FNN News) – On Sunday night, Viola Davis became the first African American ever to win best actress in a drama series, for her role on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. The Oscar-nominated actress, 50, was emotional as she delivered a powerful acceptance speech, making a passionate plea for more diversity in Hollywood.

Taking the stage for her first win (and nomination), Davis, 50, quoted Harriet Tubman at the start of her emotional and powerful speech, saying, “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.”

She then went on to thank HTGAWM creator Pete Nowalk and executive producer Shonda Rhimes, calling them “people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black,” before going on to recognize some of her peers, including fellow nominee, Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson, as well as Kerry Washington, Halle Berry, Nicole Beharie, Meagan Good and Gabrielle Union. “Thank you for taking us over that line,” she said.

Two other women of color were nominated for the same award:

Both Taraji P. Henson from “Empire” and Tatiana Maslany from “Orphan Black” were nominated for the same award: Lead Actress in a Drama. And tragically, only one of them could win.

List of winners at Sunday’s 67th prime-time Emmy Awards:

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Allison Janney, “Mom,” CBS.

Writing, Comedy Series: Simon Blackwell, Amando Iannucci, Tony Roche, “Veep,” HBO.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Hale, “Veep,” HBO.

Directing, Comedy Series: Jill Soloway, “Transparent,” Amazon Instant Video.

Actor, Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent,” Amazon Instant Video.

Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.
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Reality-Competition Program: “The Voice,” NBC.

Writing, Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Jane Anderson, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO.

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, “American Crime,” ABC.

Directing, Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Lisa Cholodenko, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO.

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO.

Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO.

Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO.

Limited Series: “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO.

Writing, Variety Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central.

Variety Sketch Series: “Inside Amy Schumer,” Comedy Central.

Directing, Variety Series: Chuck O’Neil, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”

Variety Talk Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central.

Writing, Drama Series: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones,” HBO.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix.

Directing, Drama Series: David Nutter, “Game of Thrones,” HBO.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones,” HBO.

Actor, Drama Series: Jon Hamm, “Mad Men,” AMC.

Actress, Drama Series: Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder,” ABC.

Comedy Series: “Veep,” HBO.

Drama Series: Game of Thrones,” HBO.