Oh What a Night

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Hollywood’s brightest and best gathered on Sunday, September 20 for the 2015 Emmy Awards hosted by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The awards are the highest honor in excellence in prime time television, writing and documentary. From hysterical moments to historical achievements, this year awards and fashions are etched in our minds. Hope For Women Magazine traveled to Twitter land to catch all of the surprise moments including the poignant speech by Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner Viola Davis. Her outstanding talents in Shonda Rhimes’ How To Get Away With Murder made her the first African American woman to win the award in the category and is a testament to women---black women across the globe. Visibly overcome with gratitude she said, "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." That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And 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. 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, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods. To Gabrielle Union. Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you to the Television Academy. Thank you."

Equally defining and hope-filled moments came from actresses Regina King of American Crime and Uzo Aduba in Orange Is The New Black.

Here is a complete list of winners.

Drama Series – Game of Thrones HBO

Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series –Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Support Actress in a Drama Series – Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Allison Janney, Mom

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Olive Kitteridge, HBO

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge

Support Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Bill Murray, Olive Ketteridge

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Regina Kind, American Crime

Variety Talk Series – The Daily Show With John Steward, Comedy Central

Variety Sketch Series – Inside, Amy Schumer, Comedy Central

Reality-Competition Program - The Voice, NBC

Host for a Reality or Reality –Competition Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night

Guest Actor in a Drama Series – Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards

Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Margo Martindale, The Americans

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Bradley Whitford, Transparent

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Joan Cusack, Shameless

Variety Special Bill Maher: Live From D.C., HBO Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store, LouisCK.net Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen, HBO The Kennedy Center Honors, CBS The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, NBC Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE!, PBS

Directing for a Drama Series – David Nutter, Game of Thrones, Mother’s Mercy

Director for a Comedy Series - Louis C.K., Louie, Sleepover

Writing for a Drama Series – David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones, Mother’s Mercy

Writing for a Comedy Series – Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche, Veep, Election Night

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