OS ANGELES (AP) — Uzo Aduba is an Emmy winner for her breakout role as a prisoner known as “Crazy Eyes” in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”
The series received two other awards, for casting and picture editing, at the creative arts Emmy ceremony Saturday honoring technical and other achievements.
In an emotional speech, Aduba thanked her mother, who came from Nigeria “to make a better life for her family.”
She also thanked producers and others for a show “that lets everyone be represented in such a beautiful way.”
Aduba won as best guest actress in a comedy series for her portrayal of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, while Jimmy Fallon was honored as best guest comedy actor for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
On the drama side, guest-acting honors went to Joe Morton for ABC’s “Scandal” and Allison Janney for Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”
Janney thanked producers, co-stars and writers on the series, then added one more person: “The crew guy who got me a shot of bourbon before my first sex scene was extraordinarily important to me,” she said.
Zach Galifianakis‘ interview with President Barack Obama last March on the actor-comedian’s “Between Two Ferns” show on the Funny or Die website won the Emmy for best short-format, live-action entertainment program.
Awards in other acting, writing and directing categories will be given at the Aug. 25 ceremony airing on NBC. Janney has a shot at another Emmy for her role in the CBS sitcom “Mom.”