Viola, Regina and Uzo Join a Short List of Black Actresses Who Have Won Emmys
Viola walked away with one of the evening’s most prized statuettes: that for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. This is the fourth major award Davis has picked up for her portrayal of Annalise Keating on the ABC hit drama How to Get Away with Murder.
During her acceptance speech, Viola acknowledged several of her peers, including Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, and my personal favorite: Sleepy Hollow’s Nicole Beharie. You guys know how underrated I think Nicole is, so it was a pleasure to finally see another black woman in a lead role acknowledge her.
Orange is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba also walked away with an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. This is the second Emmy Uzo has won for her role as Crazy Eyes. Last year she took home the statuette for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (The show was moved from the comedy category to drama category this year).
227 actress Regina King also took home gold, winning Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for her role in American Crime. This was Regina’s first win. It’s also worth nothing Regina’s 227 co-star, actress Jackée Harry, was the first black actress to win the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series back in 1987.