Monday, May 16, 2022

Viola Davis Makes Emmy/TV History

viola davis (with 2015 emmy)

*Sunday night history was made at the Emmy Awards.

Viola Davis – who beat out Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) – became the first African-American to win an Emmy for Outstanding lead actress in a drama.

Davis won for her role as Annalise Keating a law professor in the Shonda Rhimes created series “How To Get Away With Murder” for ABC .

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone is opportunity,” said an emotional Davis as she thanked Rhimes, Halle Berry and Henson, among others.

All in all, Sunday night African American actresses didn’t do too bad. Nope, not too bad at all. We also saw wins for Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is The New Black”) in the Supporting Actress Drama category and Regina King (“American Crime”) as Supporting Actress In A Limited Series or Movie.

In fact, the wins are being characterized as a record for diversity in the top categories.

Via Deadline, here is a breakdown of the 2015 Emmy wins by program and network:

Primetime Emmy wins by program:

Olive Kitteridge: 6
Game of Thrones: 4
Veep: 4
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: 3
Transparent: 2
American Crime: 1
How to Get Away With Murder: 1
Inside Amy Schumer: 1
Mad Men: 1
Mom: 1
Orange is the New Black: 1
The Voice: 1

Primetime Emmy wins by network:

HBO: 14
Comedy Central: 4
ABC: 2
Amazon: 2
AMC: 1
CBS: 1
NBC: 1
Netflix: 1

Overall Emmy wins by program (two or more):

Game of Thrones: 12
Olive Kitteridge: 6
American Horror Story: Freak Show: 5
Transparent: 5
Bessie: 4
The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special: 4
Veep: 4
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: 3
Deadliest Catch: 3
Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief: 3
Adventure Time: 2
Boardwalk Empire: 2
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways: 2
House Of Cards: 2
The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst: 2
Over The Garden Wall: 2
Saturday Night Live: 2
Silicon Valley: 2
Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show Starring Katy Perry: 2
Tome of the Unknown: 2

Overall Emmy wins by network:

HBO: 43
NBC: 12
Comedy Central: 8
FX Networks: 8
ABC: 6
Amazon Instant Video: 5
Cartoon Network: 4
CBS: 4
Fox: 4
Netflix: 4
PBS: 4
Discovery Channel: 3
Adult Swim: 3 2
AMC: 1
unstagedapp: 1
Bravo: 1
Cinemax: 1
CNN: 1
Disney XD: 1 1
History: 1
IFC: 1 1
Showtime: 1
WGN America: 1 Digital: 1



  1. Very awesome. Uzo Aduba made some history too. She’s the only actress to win an Emmy for comedy, and for Drama, for the same role. Last year, OITNB was classified as a comedy.

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