SAG Awards: Viola Davis Wins Best Actress in a Drama Series

She accepted the award for her role in 'How to Get Away With Murder.'

Viola Davis won the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series.

She was nominated for her performance on ABC's How to Get Away With Murder along with fellow nominees Claire Danes (Homeland), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) and Robin Wright (House of Cards).

Davis also took home the award last year for her performance on Murder. She stars as professor and lawyer Annalise Keating in Shonda Rhimes’ legal drama, which returns to ABC on Thursday, Feb. 11.

In her acceptance speech, Davis lamented the idea that female actors have to be likeable in order to be successful. "I always think, 'Why do I have to be a hero? Why do you have to like me? And why do I have to be a mentor?' she said. "My job as an actor is just to create a human being to the best of my ability." 

Backstage, the actress commented on the #OscarsSoWhite discussion. “We have become a society of trending topics. Diversity is not a trending topic. It’s just not,” said Davis. "I’ve never put any limitations on myself. I see myself as an actor. … No matter what is going on in the business, I will find a way to practice my art. And all of the actors of color that I know don’t place any limitations on themselves, either. So regardless of what is going on with the Academy — regardless of what is going on in Hollywood — they will find a way to be excellent. We always have and we always will." 

This is Davis' fourth SAG Award win; she also previously received two awards for her role in the 2011 film The Help. The actress, who won an Emmy last year for her performance on Murder, also was nominated for a Golden Globe this year, but was beaten out by Empire’s Taraji P. Henson.

The 22nd annual SAG Awards were held Saturday at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.

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