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Viola Davis makes history at Emmy Awards

Davis became the first black woman to win the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.

Actress Viola Davis, winner of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for 'How to Get Away With Murder', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Picture: AFP.

LOS ANGELES - Viola Davis has made history by becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

It was the first time the actress was nominated.

Davis accepted her award with words of praise about her fellow black actresses.

"The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity. To the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons and the Halle Berrys, thank you for taking us over that line."

Jon Hamm also made history by winning his first Emmy after being nominated multiple times before.

THIS IS POWERFUL! DO YOU HEAR ME?! THIS IS POWER! https://t.co/5Lx7SL0jSH

Viola Davis' skill is epic, but she still had to leave movies for TV because there were no movie roles for her.

Just sitting back and watching White Feminism at work with Viola Davis win. #Emmys2015

Make no mistake: Viola Davis gave one of the greatest acceptance speeches ever tonight. If you're uncomfortable with it, that's your problem

🌹Viola Davis🌹 and @shondarhimes @petenowalk for creating that role!

It was a good night for the comedy show Veep which won Best Comedy Series.

The win broke Modern Family's five year streak.

Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Best Actress in a Comedy for a fourth consecutive year while Jeffrey Tambor won Best Actor in a Comedy for Transparent, a show about a transgender father that airs on Amazon.

Game of Thrones won Best Drama Series ousting the final season of four-time winner Mad Men.

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