First-time nominee Viola Davis on the Emmys: 'I deserve to be there'

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Viola Davis Says She 'Deserved' Emmy Nom, Teases New Season of 'HTGAWM'

After nearly two decades in the business, How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis earned her first Emmy nomination this year for her work on the ABC drama, and she feels it's about time.

"I've arrived at a time in my life where I've put in the work and I deserve to be there," Davis told ET.

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The 49-year-old actress revealed that she celebrated her nomination with a couple strawberry basil margaritas at California Pizza Kitchen.

"I had two," Davis said.

If she wins, the Julliard grad will be the first African-American to take home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Other nominees include Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Claire Danes (Homeland), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Robin Wright (House of Cards).

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The return of How to Get Away With Murder is a little less than two months away, and if you thought the first season was a rollercoaster, you ain't seen nothing yet.

"I think there will be moments that will make Twitter scream," Davis said. "I'm 99.9 percent sure of that."

How to Get Away With Murder premieres Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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First-time nominee Viola Davis on the Emmys: 'I deserve to be there'
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Viola Davis attends the #TGIT premiere event hosted by Twitter at Palihouse Holloway on September 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Actresses Kerry Washington, Viola Davis and Ellen Pompeo attend the #TGIT premiere event hosted by Twitter at Palihouse Holloway on September 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Viola Davis (R) and husband Julius Tennon arrive at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 15: Actress Viola Davis arrives at the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour - Disney/ABC Television Group at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 15, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 15: (L-R) ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder' actors Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Katie Findlay, Alfie Enoch, Viola Davis, Liza Weil, Aja Naomi King, Charlie Weber, Jack Falahee and Billy Brown pose for a portrait during ABC's 2014 TCA summer press tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 15, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/ABC/ABC via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 15: (Top L-R) Actors Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Alfred Enoch, Katie Findley, Charlie Weber, (Front L-R) Director/Executive Producer Bill D’Elia, Executive producers Betsy Beers, Shonda Rhimes, Creator/Executive producer Pete Nowalk, actors Viola Davis, Billy Brown and Liza Weil speak onstage at the 'How To Get Away With Murder'' panel during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 15, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 15: Viola Davis arrives at the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour - Disney/ABC Television Group at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 15, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Viola Davis is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' 6/12/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Actress Viola Davis speaks during Variety Studio Actors on Actors presented by Autograph Collection Hotels on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Variety)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: Actress Viola Davis attends the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - MARCH 22: Viola Davis Viola Davisarrives at the 'HOME' Los Angeles Premiere at Regency Village Theatre on March 22, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: Viola Davis attends the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Viola Davis arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Viola Davis arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Viola Davis poses in the press room at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actors Viola Davis (L) and Julius Tennon attend TNT's 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 25184_021 (Photo by Mark Davis/WireImage)
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