68th Emmy Awards: Viola Davis Lead Actress In A Drama Series For How To Get Away With Murder – Facts You Need To Know

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Viola Davis is vying for her second win at the 68th Emmy Awards for her “How To Get Away With Murder” role.


The 51-year-old actress, who won as the Best Drama Actress last year in the Emmy Awards, was once again nominated under the same category, alongside Claire Danes for “Homeland,” Taraji P. Henson for  “Empire,” and Tatiana Maslany for “Orphan Black.”

Also included in the list are Keri Russell for “The Americans” and Robin Wright for “House of Cards” whose names are emerging as Viola Davis’ biggest contenders.

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Last year, the made history at the Emmy Awards for her role in “How To Get Away With Murder” for being the first African-American actress to win in the category.

In her empowering speech, she said that “the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is simply opportunity.”

You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people — people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black,” she said.

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Aside from the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for the 68th Emmy Awards, Viola Davis is also gunning for the Oscars for her role in “Fences.” If ever she will win this award, she will be the first woman to have the title for being the lead actress in a drama series.

According to Goldderby, Viola Davis is currently in the second place in the 68th Emmy Awards predictions with Robin Wright in the top position.

Viola Davis was not new in getting nominations and reaping awards. In 2008, she was nominated for “Doubt” as Best Supporting Actress for the Academy Awards. Likewise, she was also nominated for Best Actress for “The Help” in the Oscars and in BAFTA Awards in 2011.

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In Critics’ Choice Awards, Viola Davis won Best Actress in “The Help” as well as Best Acting Ensemble in 2011. She was nominated as Best Actress in a Drama Series for “How To Get Away With Murder” both last year and this year.

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