Viola Davis Makes History at Emmy Awards

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Viola Davis poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

LOS ANGELES —

Viola Davis is the first black woman to win best drama series actress in Emmy history.

She won for her memorable role as the professor and defense attorney in ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” which is just beginning its second season.

Davis quoted Harriet Tubman in her acceptance speech. She said “the only thing that separates women of color from anybody else is opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Jon Hamm has his happy ending.

The “Mad Men” star won the best acting Emmy on his last try, for his performance as Don Draper in the show’s final season.

Hamm had been nominated eight times before for best actor but had not won.

Hamm said it’s “incredible and impossible for me to be standing here like this.”

The AMC series had a memorable ending this year, after winning the best drama award four times.