Emmys 2015: Viola Davis in Carmen Marc Valvo

Posted on September 21, 2015

Viola Davis, winner of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for “How to Get Away With Murder,” poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.


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Regardless of what we may think of her red carpet showing, Miss Lady wins the prize for best acceptance speech of the night. Best acceptance speech of any night, really. Once you manage to effectively work a Harriet Tubman quote into your speech and not have it come off pretentious or grandiose, you’ve won the night, as far as we’re concerned. It was a great moment, made even more so by the rapturous responses to her win by Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson.

Having said that…

No, really. It’s a good dress. To no one’s surprise, she looks great in white. We just have this thing about this sort of design, where all the embellishments are concentrated right at the waist of a gown. Even if it’s all well-placed and chic, it still looks like one of those visual tricks to fool the eye into seeing a waist smaller than it is. We like the “falling leaves” quality of the skirt, but we dislike the way the bust is completely white. We’d have rather seen the embellishments start nearer to the neck line. Love the hair, but we’re not crazy about the makeup job. Then again, everyone was melting on that red carpet so we feel like we need to be kind about hair and makeup situations.

Anyway, congrats to Miss Viola. A well-deserved win, a fantastic acceptance speech, and a good dress. Mission accomplished.

[Photo Credit: Getty Images, Juan Rico/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES]

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