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Viola Davis Makes History with Emmy Win

Nora Dominick ‘17/ Emertainment Monthly Assistant Stage Editor

Viola Davis in the How to Get Away with Murder episode “The Night Lila Died.” Photo Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/ABC.
Viola Davis in the How to Get Away with Murder episode “The Night Lila Died.” Photo Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/ABC.

Viola Davis made history on Sunday September 20th at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards when she took home the Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Annalise Keating in ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder.

Viola Davis made history when she took home the Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series. Davis is the first African-American woman to take home the award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama series. The glass ceiling was shattered with Davis’ incredible win this evening and it was one an entire year in the making.

Created by Pete Nowalk, How to Get Away with Murder tells the story of Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) a criminal law professor teaching “Criminal Law 101” or as she calls it “How to Get Away with Murder.” Keating is brilliant, sexy, cunning, passionate and charismatic as she maneuvers effortlessly through the classroom and the courtroom. Each year Keating selects some of the most clever, hardworking, and devious minds to join her law firm. The students vying for the position this year include Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch), Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King), Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) and Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry). The students all work closely with Keating and her most dedicated associates: Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber) and Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil). Together they take on some of the most challenging and violent cases in criminal law.

Davis turned heads week after week on How to Get Away with Murder and it’s no surprise she took home the Emmy this evening. Throughout the season one run of How to Get Away with Murder, Davis proved why she is a two-time Academy Award nominee with her performance. Davis flawlessly shows Annalise Keating’s vulnerability, determination and all around empowerment and fans cannot wait to see what she does in season two of the ABC drama.

How to Get Away with Murder returns Thursday September 24, 2015 on ABC at 10/9c as part of ABC’s TGIT lineup.

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