Uzo Aduba delivered an emotion speech at the 2015 Emmys when she took to the stage to accept the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Sunday night.

Uzo Aduba’s Cries During Acceptance Speech

Aduba, who plays beloved character Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, beat out Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), and Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey).

“I really just want to say thank you a thousand times,” Aduba said after Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts handed her the Emmy statue. “If I could say thank you a thousand times, it would not be enough to cover the amount of thanks I feel for you Jenji Kohan. I love you so much. I appreciate you for putting belief back in my heart. I love you. Thank you for creating this show, for creating this space, for creating a platform.”

“Thank you to our family at Netflix and Lionsgate. You all are incredible. I love you so much for your kindness,” Aduba continued. “I want to thank you to my cast and our crew. I love you guys. I’m so thankful to stand beside a set of artists who are so brilliant…I love you mostly because you let me be me.”

In closing, Aduba thanked her family – and specifically her sister Chioma Aduba, who was her date to the awards ceremony.

“I really just want to say thank you for my family, who have stood beside me my entire life. My sister Chichi, you are my very best friend,” Aduba said through tears. “I am humbled to call myself your sister. I love you so much.”

By winning Sunday, Aduba became the second actor to even win an acting award in both the comedy and drama categories for the same role. Aduba, who joins Ed Asner in the exclusive club, previously won the Outstanding Special Guest Star in a Comedy Series for playing Crazy Eyes.

Orange is the New Black has been renewed for a fourth season, which will stream on Netflix next June.


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