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Viola Davis & Uzo Aduba Make SAG History: Both Lead Actress Titles Won By Black Women

Uzo Aduba accepts the award for outstanding female actor in a comedy series for “Orange is the New Black” on stage at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
Uzo Aduba accepts the award for outstanding female actor in a comedy series for “Orange is the New Black” on stage at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)

Elizabeth Wagmeister, VARIETY MAGAZINE

 

LOS ANGELES (Variety)—Viola Davis won the outstanding lead drama actress prize at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in “How to Get Away With Murder.” Davis is just the third actress of color to nab the title.

Sandra Oh of “Grey’s Anatomy” won the award in 2005, followed by Chandra Wilson in 2006, who won for the same show. Those two victories — along with Davis’ — were all for series produced by Shonda Rhimes.

The award for outstanding comedy actress also went to an African-American performer — Uzo Aduba won her first-ever SAG award for her work on “Orange Is the New Black” at the Jan. 25 ceremony, marking the first year both winning lead actresses were African-American.

 

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