"When I tell my daughter stories at night, inevitably, a few things happen," Davis said while accepting the award. "Number one, I use my imagination. I always start with life, and then I build from there. And then the other thing that happens is she always says, 'Mommy, can you put me in the story?' And you know, it starts from the top up."
Davis called out the lack of diversity in Hollywood, and thanked the "How to Get Away With Murder" producers (including Shonda Rhimes) for thinking a "mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned, African-American woman who looks like me."