Oprah, Diddy, Other Celebs React to Viola Davis’ Historic Emmys 2015 Best Actress Win

Viola Davis wins Best Actress in a Drama at the 2015 Emmys
Viola Davis wins Best Actress in a Drama at the 2015 Emmys Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AXN

Oprah Winfrey and Sean "Diddy" Combs were among the celebs leading the celebrations on Sunday, Sept. 20, as Viola Davis' historic Emmys 2015 win was announced at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater.

As the How to Get Away With Murder actress, 50, took to the stage for her truly inspirational acceptance speech for her Best Actress in a Drama award (a speech which reduced half the audience to tears and earned her a standing ovation), a host of big name celebs jumped right onto social media to make their thoughts known about Davis' important win.

"Wow , WOW! Another proud to spell my name W.O.M.A.N. Moment," talk show host Winfrey wrote via Twitter in the moments that followed Davis' speech. "Thank you @violadavis #EmmyWinner."

And as HTGAWM producer Shonda Rhimes expressed her excitement in a single word ("Speechless") Winfrey was quick to pay credit where it was due. "@shondarhimes Couldn't have happened without you dear Shonda. Thanks for kicking that door open wide enough for @violadavis to soar thru," she replied to Rhimes' initial tweet.

Davis, who plays sexy lawyer Annalise Keating in the hit ABC show, was careful to namecheck a host of actresses who had paved the way for her win, including Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union and fellow category contestant Taraji P. Henson.

Something her fellow actresses certainly appreciated!

"OMG!!! I'm floored… and proud and crying… VIOLA VIOLA VIOLA!!!" Union wrote via Twitter. "Thank you for letting us share your shine!!! Man… tears"

See what Hollywood's other stars had to say about Davis' big win below.

 

 

 

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