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Viola Davis did not expect Emmy speech reaction

Actress Viola Davis says she did not really expect her Emmy Awards victory speech to be so well received by viewers.

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Viola Davis gave an impassioned speech celebrating the recent successes of African-American actresses in TV. (Source: Reuters)

Actress Viola Davis says she did not really expect her Emmy Awards victory speech to be so well received by viewers.

The 50-year-old “How to Get Away with Murder” star, who became the first black actress to win Emmy award for best actress in a drama series, gave an impassioned speech celebrating the recent successes of African-American actresses in TV, reported Female First.

“I didn’t know how it was landing. I was up there talking. My husband was like, ‘I didn’t know where you were going with that thing.’

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“I think the most surprising thing is the impact it’s made on people’s lives. That it wasn’t just, ‘Oh, you made a really good speech.’ It really is, it meant a lot in people’s lives and kind of transforming them and shifting them just a little bit,” she said.

In her speech Davis had praised the likes of her fellow nominee Taraji P Henson and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington.

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Washington re-tweeted news of Davis’ historic awards win and wrote, “Amen! Best speech of the night (sic).”