Viola Davis’ Historic Emmy Nod For ‘How To Get Away With Murder’

Viola Davis has made history with her Emmy nomination for her role as Annalise Keating in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. Viola Davis is one of two African American women to be nominated for the best lead actress in a drama series. If she wins, Viola Davis will be the first woman of color to take home the trophy, according to the Los Angeles Times.

After nearly two decades in the business, Viola Davis, a Juilliard grad, is finally getting her due. The second season of How to Get Away With Murder premieres September 24 to critical acclaim.

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At this time, Viola Davis is happy with her work, and though she is surprised by the Emmy nod, she believes she deserves to be acknowledged as being at the top of her game.

“You know, it’s always a surprise when you get nominated. As an actor, you just never know how your work is going to land. Even when you feel great about it, you question it. As an artist, you’re always surprised by the outcome; and then you’re always honored. I’m in rarefied air, meaning: I’m a working actor on this level and working with great people and in great company – all of that is fabulous.”

In a way, Davis thinks that after so many years of hard work, it’s her time.

“I’ve arrived at a time in my life where I’ve put in the work and I deserve to be there,” Davis told Entertainment Tonight.

Davis says that the if you were shocked by the first season, Season 2 will blow your hair back.

“I think there will be moments that will make Twitter scream,” Davis said. “I’m 99.9 percent sure of that.”

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In terms of making history, Viola Davis is shrugs that off, but believes it’s time that art reflected society.

“I always feel that art should reflect life – and it has not always done that. It’s reflected a very homogenous part of life. But we’re now in a very global world and art can’t be homogenous anymore. I loved ‘The Brady Bunch’ when I was growing up; but life, families, people, we know more now. People of color should be included in the narrative. And people are finally getting that.”

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According to Design & Trend, Shonda Rhimes has hinted that the back story of Annalise Keating will continue unfolding, with some shocking elements.

Will you be watching Viola Davis in How to Get Away With Murder on September 24?

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