Sunday marked the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards and the first-ever Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series win for a woman of color.
In perhaps the most beautiful speech in Emmy history, Viola Davis dedicated her award for her performance in “How to Get Away with Murder” to fellow black actresses such as Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good, Halle Berry and Nicole Beharie, who often lacked the opportunities to succeed in the film and television industries due to a lack of roles.
Davis also thanked writers like Shonda Rhimes and Peter Nowalk who helped her and her fellow black actresses find footholds.
Celebrities, including Rhimes, took to Twitter to congratulate the 50-year-old on her historic win.
Oprah tweeted about Davis' speech and praised Rhimes as well.
Winfrey dedicated a separate congratulatory tweet to Davis' win.
Laverne Cox tweeted her support...
As did Mindy Kaling...
Viola Davis and @shondarhimes @petenowalk for creating that role! — Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) September 21, 2015
Thank you @violadavis for being all that you are...I appreciate you so much#makinghistory #WOC pic.twitter.com/RVygboYQh7 — Zendaya (@Zendaya) September 21, 2015