Jon Hamm and Viola Davis win their first Emmys

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Jon Hamm and Viola Davis both took home their first Emmys tonight.

After years of impressive TV work, Jon Hamm and Viola Davis have finally won their much-deserved Emmy Award trophies. Hamm wins Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role on ‘Mad Men’ after seven nominations, while Davis nabs the award in her first try for ‘How to Get Away with Murder’.

Jon Hamm joked about his previous failed attempts: “There has been a terrible mistake, clearly.” He beat out other strong nominees, including Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) and Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”).

Viola Davis managed to take home Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in her first try for playing Annalise Keating on “How to Get Away with Murder.”

The actress opened her speech with a quote from Harriet Tubman. She said: “’In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me. But I can’t seem to get there no how.’ That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And the only thing that separates us is opportunity. You can’t win an Emmy for roles that simply aren’t there. So here’s to all the awesome writers, people who have redefined what it to be beautiful, to be black. To the Taraji P. Hensons, Kerry Washingtons, Halle Berrys, Gabrielle Unions, thank you for getting us over that line.”

Photos by: Brian To/Nicky Nelson/WENN.com

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