Watch Uzo Aduba's Teary-Eyed, Inspirational, Awesome Emmys Acceptance Speech

Orange Is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama on Sunday night—she won for comedy last year—and her speech was as emotional, heartfelt, and powerful as could be.


“I appreciate you for putting belief back in my heart,” she addressed Jenji Kohan, before thanking everyone involved with her show. “I love you mostly because you let me be me... my sister Chichi, you are my very best friend.” At which point her tears rushed down and yours will too. Thank you, Uzo Aduba, for bringing joy to your loyal viewers’ hearts!

[As an aside, presenter Jamie Lee Curtis said some trifling nonsense about not knowing how to pronounce Aduba’s name, which insinuates a few things about Jamie Lee Curtis, one of which may be the long-con that Jamie Lee Curtis is not literate.]

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Inara Serra

There’s a great interview that she did - I think maybe it was with Seth Meyers? - where she said that as a child she wanted to change her name because no one could pronounce it, and her mother told her: “If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka.” Truth.