Viola Davis Wins Her Third SAG Award

21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Press Room

On the heels of her win for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series at this year’s People’s Choice Awards, “How to Get Away with Murder” actress Viola Davis has added yet another trophy to her ever growing collection, a Screen Actor’s Guild statuette, for Best Actress in a TV Drama Series.

Davis’ emotional speech included a thank you to the show’s creators and writers, as well as another not so thinly veiled reference to the New York Times writer who didn’t think Davis “classically beautiful” enough to pull off the role of Analise Keating. “It starts from the top up,” Viola said. “So I’d like to thank Paul Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Bill D’Elia and Peter Norwalk for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be played by a 49-year old dark-skinned African American woman who looks like me.”

Davis continued on, adding “And thank you to all the people who love me exactly how God made me, and that’s my beautiful husband Julius, my 4-year old daughter at home, Genesis and my mother, Mary Alice Davis. Thank you so much.”

You can watch it for yourself below- and for those of you missing “How To Get Away with Murder,” fret no more, it returns to ABC this Thursday, January 29th.


  1. Yes, Viola! Continue to state that quote until your blue (pun intended) in the face. Shame everyone who slighted you because of their ignorance. Congrats. Can’t wait for 01/29/2015 @ 10:00pm!

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