Viola Davis Throws Some Shade at the New York Times During People’s Choice Awards Acceptance Speech

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Actress Viola Davis took home the trophy for Best Actress in a New Series for How to Get Away With Murder at the People’s Choice Awards last night (Jan. 07, 2015) in Hollywood.

Davis is the first woman of color to take home this particular trophy, so congrats to her on that achievement. Viola also proved that she’s a class act.

If you recall, New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley called TV producer extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes an “angry black woman?” In that same article, she also noted that Davis, star of Rimes’ hit new show How to Get Away with Murder, is “less classically beautiful” than Kerry Washington (star of Scandal, another one of Rimes’ shows).

Davis sent a little dig Stanley’s way tonight in her acceptance speech for favorite actress in a new TV series at the People’s Choice Awards:

Thank you Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers for thinking of a leading lady who looks like my classic beauty.

Watch her speech in the video below.