Merritt Wever Wins Oustanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Gives Shortest Speech Ever At Emmys
Merritt Wever accepted the first award of the night at the Emmys Sunday for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in Nurse Jackie and delivered one of the shortest and sweetest speeches of all.
Wever took the stage to accept her award from presenters Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and only managed to say a short, “Oh my God. Thanks so much… um… Thank you so much! Um… I gotta go. Bye.”
Wever, who plays Zoey Barkow on Nurse Jackie opposite Edie Falco, was obviously surprised to hear her name called. She beat out Mayim Bialik from The Big Bang Theory, Anna Chlumsky of Veep, Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen from Modern Family, Jane Lynch of Glee and Jane Krakowski from 30 Rock.
Back stage, Wever gave a more traditional acceptance speech in the press room, thanking Showtime and Edie Falco. She admitted that she was shocked at her unexpected win.
“It’s hard to do those. I’m scared. I’m scared. It was unexpected. I don’t know how to feel yet. I mean, I have therapy next week,” the actress said.
Neil Patrick Harris, who performed hosting duties at the awards show, commented, “Merritt Wever, best speech ever.”
After the show, Lena Dunham, who directed and co-started with Wever in Tiny Furniture, shared a photo of the new Emmy winner on Instagram with the caption, “It ain’t easy being a winner. I love you Mer.”
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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