In a night dominated by cable TV (HBO and Comedy Central) shows, Disney still managed to make a statement at the Emmys with the most wins by a network TV channel. The biggest win, in more ways than one, was Viola Davis taking home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama for ABC’s freshman show “How to Get Away with Murder.” With the win, Davis became the first African-American actress to take home the award.
In her acceptance speech, Davis thanked series creator Shonda Rhimes, Oscar winner Halle Berry, and others. She stated, ““The only thing that separates women of color from anyone is opportunity. You cannot win in roles that simply are not there.”
The mouse house also also had a win for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie with Regina King as Aliyah Shadeed for “American Crime” on ABC.
The biggest upset for Disney was the loss by “Modern Family” to “Veep” for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Major congrats to Viola Davis. I hope Disney keeps Shonda Rhimes and her team around to keep writing those amazing parts for brilliant actresses like Davis. She’s worth whatever they’re paying her. It’s certainly made Thursday night must-watch TV for Disney.