*The fact that their names came out of the mouth of Viola Davis during her historic Emmy win on Sunday was nearly too much for Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good and Nicole Beharie.
The trio were among the many celebs to congratulate the “How to Get Away With Murder’ star after she won best actress in a drama series and addressed the issue of race in Hollywood.
“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,” said Davis, 50. “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.
“So, here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes. People who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black. And to the Taraji P Hensons and Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union. Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you for the Television Academy.”
Davis’ words come as Good, 34, is set to make her debut in the TV adaptation of “Minority Report” on Monday. Good wrote a lengthy Instagram post in response to being mentioned, as well as the significance of Davis’ historic win:
This moment ..I couldn’t even speak .. It took my breath away .. What a moment. I grew up in this business .. Nothing has ever been given to me .. With Gods grace, I’ve fought for every opportunity .. Worked hard for everything .. I’ve been rejected or not even considered many times over, simply because of the color of my skin. I made it my mission to never be bitter .. Only better. To take great pride and Joy in my struggle and to trust God above anyone thought to be in charge of my destiny. Today I smile. I smile sooo big with tears in my eyes.. Seeng this #Queen not just succeed, Win.. Overcome .. To see her Conquer .. To see her talent, beauty and fearless determination come full circle .. And in Her moment she had grace, class and the spirit of a warrior returning home.. Wow. Listening to her acknowledge her sisters .. Both black and white .. Their desire to see equal opportunity for each other ..and to see us all win. #ViolaDavis ..Thank you ..thank you for your boldness tonight .. Thank you for your talent and your spirit you are sharing with the world. ..Thank you for acknowledging me.. I’m so humbled ..and for acknowledging all of us. You are a true Queen and a example that the sky isn’t even a limit to even be considered. Congratulations!!!!!! #ViolaDavis #Emmys ??
Gabrielle Union and Nicole Beharie were also humbled by the shout-outs:
OMG!!! I’m floored… and proud and crying… VIOLA VIOLA VIOLA!!! Thank you for letting us share your shine!!! Man… tears
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) September 21, 2015
“Orange Is The New Black” star Laverne Cox and Zendaya also praised Davis for her win:
The queen. The first black woman to win a PrimeTime Emmy for lead actress in a Drama Series. Chills… https://t.co/dUKQSGUqEo
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) September 21, 2015
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) September 21, 2015