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Black actors and actresses have reason to celebrate big tonight. History was made at the Emmys and in more than one way. First up: Viola Davis‘ win in the Lead Actress category is a historic first for the Emmys and for the actress, who won, of course, for her role in How To Get Away With Murder. Davis becomes the first Black actress in Emmy history to win in a Lead Actress role for a drama series.

Uzo Aduba‘s win for Orange Is The New Black also set a new Emmy distinction – Aduba is the first actress in Emmy history to win the award for the same role but in two different categories. But she shares that distinction with actor Ed Asner, who has also won an Emmy for the same character in both the drama and comedy categories.

Last year, Aduba’s role as Crazy Eyes was written with more of a comic slant and she won in the Supporting Comedy Actress category. This year, her role become more of a dramatic one and she won her second award as Best Supporting Actress for the same role in the Drama category.

Veteran TV and film actress Regina King won her first Emmy as Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for the role she played as a Muslim woman on American Crime.

Though Bessie actresses Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique didn’t get the wins for their respective roles as Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, the movie, directed by Dee Rees, did win Outstanding Television Movie at the Creative Arts Emmys handed out on September 12, where longtime character actor Reg E. Cathey also won as Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series for his role on House of Cards.


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.

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.

(Photos: Television Academy Instagram)

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8 thoughts on “Emmys 2015: Viola Davis, Regina King And Uzo Aduba Make Emmy History [VIDEO]

  1. Congratulations to all the African American Emmy Winners. I am so proud. Especially of Viola Davis’s speech, as we all noticed the 97% non African American audiance. This would be a perfect time to use some lines from two Poems written by one of my favorite author’s poems (Robert Frost) , “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference (The Road Not Taken) and….. “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep (“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”). The struggle is real, the cost was high, but African Americans are willing go through the road not traveled by others and continue to strive until victory is one.

  2. Marcella Cheatham on said:

    I didn’t watch “The Emmy’s” but I watched Viola Davis’ speech this morning and it moved me to tears. So proud and happy for her and other winners.

  3. Kudo’s to Ms. Davis!!!!!

    It’s about time that a woman of color finally won an Emmy for best TV Actress in the Drama category!

    I particularly appreciated Ms. Davis’s acceptance speech-she hit the nail on the head and then

    This just goes to show Hollywood that African-American women can successfully portray educated
    professionals instead of whores, drug addicts, criminals, maids, etc.!!!!!!

    I hope that dumb ass Matt Damon heard and grasped Ms. Davis’ s message at the Emmy’s and next time will keep his ignorant, bigoted mouth shut!!!!!!!

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