Tracee Ellis bagged the award for the best actress in a comedy role.
Getting this award for Black-ish, the always-decorous actress dedicates her win to the women of colour who’ve inspired her in many positive ways.
Every single nominee attended the event!
All the women nominated for TV Comedy and Musical category attended the event, and as we know that only one could go home with the award; it was Ellis Ross who also slew it with her speech after the win.
She won this award for portraying the character of Bow on Black-ish.
“This is for all of the women of colour and colourful people whose stories; ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important,” she said.
“But I want you to know that I see you, we see you.” “It’s an honour to be on this show, Black-ish, to continue expanding the way we are seen and known and to show the magic and the beauty and the sameness of a story and stories that are outside of where the industry usually looks,” she extended.
Tracee noticed the dwindling parts for women in Hollywood above a certain age, acknowledging “all the amazing people who brought me here in my career because it’s nice at 44!” she asserted. “I like it here! This is great.”
But, it’s not only her win and speech that forced the audience to applaud harder…
Tracee Ellis Ross has also become the first black woman to bag an award in this category after more than 35 years. It was Debbie Allen who won it last time in the year 1982.
It’s like a dream come true…
She didn’t stop here, and in the press room after her win; she continued to talk about the nomination of black actors in each category, and that she’s feeling proud for representing and winning the award.
Here’s her complete statement from the press room.
“I think that this nomination was exciting to me, to see the industry look outside of where they usually look. It’s very special to me, and it’s very important – and it’s something we need to continue to do more of,” said Tracee.
She added further that, “I think it’s not since 1983 that a black woman has been in this category. So I think that our industry really can be at the forefront of making sure that the diversity in our stories is told and diversity is not just being people of colour It’s all different ages and shapes and sizes, and making sure that the stories that we tell and how we celebrate those stories actually represents the humanity.”
“I hope that young women continue to be encouraged to be themselves – and not just young women. Young men. All of us,” Tracee Ellis Ross concluded saying this.