Reactions to Viola Davis' Win

September 21st 2015

Sarah Gray

On Sunday, Viola Davis became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama series. In a beautiful speech, Davis invoked Harriet Tubman as she described the challenges facing Black women in Hollywood and the lack of roles available to them. 

"You cannot win an Emmy for roles that simply aren't there," she stated.

Many notable people were thrilled by her historic win. Here's how everyone from Matt McGorry to Oprah responded on social media:

Earlier in the evening, actresses Regina King and Uzo Aduba won for best supporting actress in a mini-series or movie and outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, respectively.

In his opening monologue, host Andy Samberg commented on the fact that this was the most diverse Emmys in history, while also noting that Hollywood still has a lot of work to do.

"Of course, given our history, being more diverse than ever isn’t always saying that much," the Emmys host said. "I mean, I bet on the day of Jackie Robinson’s first game, the baseball commissioner was like, 'This year’s Brooklyn Dodgers are more diverse than ever in history. You know? It’s good.' It’s probably what he said."

Samberg also mentioned gender inequities in Hollywood, particularly the age and wage gaps that hurt women in the industry.

"The wage gap between men and woman hired for major roles in Hollywood is still an issue," Samberg stated. "Wait, I’m sorry I misread that. The age gap between men and woman hired for major roles in Hollywood is still an issue. Wait, I’m sorry I misread it again. It’s both! Still both. So crappy on two fronts."