Viola Davis is first Black Woman to Win an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series Last night, the Television Academy held its 67th Emmy Awards. It took 67 years, but it finally happened, a non-white woman won an award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Progress. Award-winning actress Viola Davis won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in How to Get Away with Murder. Other Nominees in the Category: • Claire Danes, "Homeland"• Taraji P. Henson, "Empire"• Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black"• Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"• Robin Wright, "House of Cards" Award-winning actress Uzo Aduba, won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama for Orange Is the New Black. Other Nominees in the Category: • Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"• Lena Headey, "Game of Thrones"• Emilia Clarke, "Game of Thrones"• Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"• Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife" Actress Regina King was a real surprise of the night with her win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for American Crime. Other Nominees in the Category: • Sarah Paulson, "American Horror Story: Freak Show"• Angela Bassett, "American Horror Story: Freak Show"• Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Freak Show"• Mo'Nique, "Bessie"• Zoe Kazan, "Olive Kitteridge" Tracy Morgan Returns Comedian/actor Tracy Morgan made a triumphant return to the Emmy stage. Morgan handed out the award for Best Drama Series to "Game of Thrones." He also thanked his family, friends, and his new wife for their help in his recovery.