Actresses Viola Davis and Uzo Aduba made history at Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild awards!
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History was made Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards when Viola Davis, star of ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” was the first African-American woman to win the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. Also making history was Uzo Aduba‘s win in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category for her work in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” Aduba was the first African-American woman to win in the category and the achievement was Aduba’s very first SAG award.
In her acceptance speech, Davis thanked Shonda Rhimes, producer of “Murder,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Scandal, primarily “for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark-skinned African-American woman who looks like me.” Aduba humbly accepted her award with tears and visible shock as she thanked her family, friends, and all those involved. She also directly thanked her fellow cast mates, saying “without whom this is not possible. I love you guys so desperately so much.”
Congratulations go out to both these incredible actresses on their historical wins!