This year’s Emmy Awards were full of surprises and historic moments – most of which centered around who won and who spoke powerfully. Rather than be distracted by the myriad of moments that happened throughout the night, we have compiled a list of 5 Feminist Emmy Moments for your perusing pleasure:
1. Andy Samberg’s Opening Monologue Addresses Racism and Sexism
Yes our first example involves the comedy of a man, but you don’t have to take our word for it, check it out for yourself below:
2. Viola Davis Becomes first Black ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama’
Viola Davis won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away With Murder, marking the first time a Black actress has won this category. Viola quoted Harriet Tubman (whose telepic she’s developing over at HBO) and commended her fellow black actresses and filmmakers including show creator Shonda Rhimes.
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Congratulations to the talented Viola Davis for becoming the first Black actress to win an Emmy for 'Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama' – It's about damn time! Not only that, but she delivered an amazingly important, truth – filled & inspirational speech. Check out our Emmy recap up on our site now featuring 5 Feminist moments that we are still savoring: http://www.wearyourvoicemag.com/5-feminist-moments-emmys/ #WearYourVoice #emmys #ViolaDavis #blackisbeautiful #blacklivesmatter #sayhername #feministasfuck #intersectionalfeminism #winning #truth #speech
Of course this moment of solidarity that Tariji served in the audience with her standing ovation was also powerfully beautiful.
— People (@people) September 21, 2015
3. Uzo Aduba’s Acceptance Speech
Uzo Aduba won her second straight Emmy for her work as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, for Best Supporting Actress (she won last year as a guest actress). Her speech was memorably authentic, raw, and emotional – this womyn truly knows how to wear her voice!
4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Allison Janney broke Emmys records.
Janney tied Ed Asner and Mary Tyler Moore for most acting wins (in any category) at the Emmys with her seventh win for best supporting actress in a comedy for Mom. Louis-Drefyus nabbed a fifth statue for best actress in a comedy (for Veep), tying Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore for most wins in the best actress category.
5. Francis McDormand’s and Olive Kitteridge wins!
This complex HBO mini-series, which won 6 times, is about a woman navigating life in small town in Maine proved that female protagonists don’t have to be “likable” to be successful. The production was a passion project of Francis McDormand’s, who had optioned Elizabeth Strout’s book of the same name, bringing in writer Jane Anderson (another winner that night) to adapt the script and hounding HBO to get it made. McDormand won Best Lead Actress and delivered the night’s shortest speech: “We’re all here because of the power of the stories that need to be told. Sometimes that’s enough. Thank you.” If that isn’t enough female power for you Feminist fancy, the director, Lisa Cholodenko made a moving speech herself: “Making this movie, this four-hour movie, was really a — sort of a metaphysical, supernatural, transpersonal ‘dark night of the soul’ kind of experience.”