Viola Davis makes history as first black woman to win best actress in a drama series at the 2015 Emmy Awards

Emmy's 2015: Viola Davis Wins Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama
Emmy's 2015: Viola Davis Wins Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama

Congratulations, Viola Davis.

The 50-year-old actress scored her first Emmy Award on Sunday for her riveting role as Annalise Keating in "How To Get Away With Murder" and made television history as the first black woman to win Best Actress in a Drama Series at the prestigious award show.

Davis, who looked stunning in a sparkling white dress with black sparkling accents, got emotional as she took the stage to accept her award. She began her speech by quoting Harriet Tubman:

"In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn't reach them no-how. I always fell before I got to the line."

See Viola Davis on the Emmy Award stage in the gallery below:

Davis credited Tubman before telling the audience, "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity."

Emmys 2015: Changing Roles, Changing History
Emmys 2015: Changing Roles, Changing History

The first-time Emmy nominee's statement got a roaring round of applause from actors in the audience, with Taraji P.Henson getting up to cheer for her friend and a moved Kerry Washington wiping away tears.

Davis concluded her speech by giving a shoutout to fellow black actresses, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Megan Good, Taraji P. Henson, director Shonda Rhimes and more for paving the way for women of color.

It was a touching moment for the entire Emmy Award ceremony.

See all the Emmy Award red carpet arrivals in the gallery below:

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