Yesterday actress Viola Davis and Uzo Aduba both went home with awards at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, making history.
Viola Davis will be returning to our screens this Thursday for a new season of How To Get Away With Murder but last night she won Best Female Actor in a Drama Series. She delivered an amazing acceptance speech. Check it out below:
All right, when I tell my daughter stories at night, inevitably a few things happen. Number one, I use my imagination. I always start with life and then I build from there. And then the other thing that happens is she always says, “Mommy, can you put me in the story?”
And you know, it starts from the top up. So, I’d like to thank Paul Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Bill D’Elia, and Peter Nowalk, for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark-skinned, African-American woman that looks like me.
Thank you to the Screen Actors Guild. Thank you to Estelle and Lisa Costello, and Michael Adler, CAA, for having my back. And thank you to all the people who love me exactly how God made me. And that’s my beautiful husband, Julius, my four-year-old daughter at home, Genesis, and my mother, May Alice Davis. Thank you so much.
Uzo Aduba not only took home one, but two awards! The Orange is the New Black actress won Outstanding Actress Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her exceptional role in OITNB. During her acceptance speech she revealed to fans that the same day she wanted to quit acting was the same day she got called to be apart of ‘Orange Is The New Black’.
“I just really, really, really truly want to say, the day I got this job was the day I stopped acting and to be in a room with all you amazing human beings, amazing talents, for what I respect so much and love so much, is really truly the greatest honor. Thank you so very much. God bless you all.”
Her cast mates also took home the trophy for Comedy Ensemble.
This was a great time for Black America! Congrats on you wins ladies!