Hollywood Reacts to Viola Davis’ Historic Emmy Win

Shonda Rhimes, Ellen DeGeneres and Kerry Washington among those congratulating the “How to Get Away With Murder” on becoming first black woman to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Last Updated: September 21, 2015 @ 11:01 AM

Viola Davis‘ history-making win at this year’s Emmy awards left Hollywood in awe on Sunday night.

The “How to Get Away With Murder” star became the first black woman to ever win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series when she beat out Taraji P. Henson, Claire Danes, Tatiana Maslany, Elisabeth Moss and Robin Wright for the award.

Several of Davis’ co-stars took to Twitter to congratulate the actress on her big win, including Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry and Tom Verica.

“I love listening to her speak  #ViolaDavis,” wrote “How to Get Away With Murder” executive producer Shonda Rhimes on Twitter while the actress was on stage accepting her award.

“You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,” Davis said during her acceptance speech. “Here is to all the writers, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes … People who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black. And to all the Taraji P. Hensons and Kerry Washingtons … to Gabriel Union, thank you for taking us over that line.”

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