That sounds crazy since it's 2015, and Viola made sure to touch on that in her acceptance speech that not only gave us the feels, but the chills as well.
She started out with a quote from civil rights activist Harriet Tubman, who she's set to play in an upcoming HBO biopic, saying, "In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful, white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can't seem to get there no how. I can't seem to get over that line."
The actress went on to thank other minority actresses like Taraji P. Henson, who was also nominated in the category, and Kerry Washington, adding, "Let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there." Seriously, that speech was everything.
After it was over, a ton of people – celebs and fans – hit Twitter to support her, like Oprah Winfrey, and Andy Cohen, who tweeted, "VIOLA DAVIS FOR PRESIDENT."
VIOLA DAVIS FOR PRESIDENT!— Andy Cohen (@Andy) September 21, 2015
After Nancy got bashed on Twitter, she later apologized, tweeting, "I apologize 2 anyone who I offended. I'm women advocate since I became one. After reading responses, I hear u and my tweet was badly phrased." Girl.
Viola Davis winning lead actress Emmy's historic. My upset is acting awards dont fix racial injustice. As an actor I see how irrelevant we r— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) September 21, 2015