Emmys: Watch Niecy Nash, Quinta Brunson’s Emotional Speeches
The Emmys celebrates the contributions of television’s best actors, actresses, directors, writers, and more. While the award show was delayed four months due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes last year, it proved that perhaps it was worth the wait. The 2023 Emmys (also known as the 75th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards) was held on Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Peacock Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The show was hosted by Anthony Anderson.
Shows such as Succession, Beef, The Bear, and more swept several categories along with the stars of the shows taking the stage to receive acting awards. However, it was a big win for two actresses Monday night who took home an Emmy and gave an emotional and inspiring acceptance speech.
Niecy Nash’s Acceptance Speech
Niecy Nash-Betts won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her role as Glenda Cleveland in Netflix’s Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
“I’m a winner, baby!” she said at the beginning of her acceptance speech. “Thank you to the most high for this divine moment. Thank you, Ryan Murphy, for seeing me. Evan Peters, I love you. Netflix, every single person who voted for me — thank you. And my better half, who picked me up when I was gutted from this work, thank you.”
“And you know who I wanna thank?” she asked. “I wanna thank me. For believing in me, and doing what they said I could not do. And I wanna say to myself in front of all you beautiful people: ‘Go on, girl, with your bad self. You did that!'”
Quinta Brunson’s Acceptance Speech
Quinta Brunson had a historic win at the Emmys, becoming the second Black woman (and the first in over 40 years) to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Janine Teague in Abbott Elementary. The last Black woman to win the award was when The Jeffersons star Isabel Sanford won the award in 1981.
“I love making Abbott Elementary so much, and I am so happy to be able to live my dream and act out comedy,” Brunson said as she accepted her award.
Brunson is a two-time Emmy winner, she previously won in 2022 for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for her work on Abbott Elementary.