The 68th annual Emmy Awards were on this morning, and throughout the show, four openly LGBTQIA+ women snagged golden statues.
First, Kate McKinnon won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy series for her work on Saturday Night Live, making her the first SNL actor to win for their work on the sketch show since Gilda Radnor in 1977. She was shocked in the most adorable fashion:
And delivered an equally adorable and emotional speech that included: "I'm really crying, I'm not making it up. Thank you to the Academy. Good sentence."
She thanked her mother and sister, as well as Ellen DeGeneres and Hillary Clinton, ending her speech with "I miss you, Pop". You can watch the whole speech here (quick quick, before it gets taken down!):
Next up, Jill Soloway took home the award for Best Directing in a Comedy for Transparent, and as the only female nominated in the category, it was doubly-awesome. Beating out Alec Berg and Mike Judge for Silicon Valley, Dave Mandel and Dale Stern for Veep, and Aziz Ansari for Master Of None, Jill said:
“When you take women, people of color, trans people, queer people and you put them at the center of the story, the subjects instead of the objects, you change the world, we found out. [What] these people call television I call a revolution."
She continued: "Thank you to the trans community for your lived lives, we need to stop violence against transgender women, and topple the patriarchy. TOPPLE THE PATRIARCHY!" You can watch her full speech below:
Nina Jacobson, one of the executive producers of American Crime Story: The People Vs OJ Simpson, took home a gold statue when the show snagged Best Limited Series. Unfortunately, Nina - who also produced all four Hunger Games films, as well as Diary of a Wimpy Kid - got cut off while she was thanking her wife.
But that certainly wasn't the only award American Crime Story won, as the show landed five of its 13 nominations. Arguably the biggest win of the night, however, was when the Leonardo DiCaprio of the Emmys, one Sarah Paulson, FINALLY WON an Emmy after being nominated seven times. Winning for her portrayal of real-life Marcia Clark in American Crime Story - The People Vs. OJ Simpson, Sarah brought the real life Marcia with her to the ceremony, even engraving her name on the statue after the show.
"The responsibility of playing a real person is an enormous one," Sarah said in her acceptance speech. "Not for you, but for them. The more I learned about the real Marcia Clark, not the two-dimensional, cardboard cut-out I saw on the news, but the complicated, whip-smart, giant-hearted, mother-of-two who woke up everyday, put both feet on the floor and dedicated herself to righting an unconscionable wrong; the loss of two innocents: Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown."
She continued: "The more I had to recognise that I, along with the rest of the world, had been superficial and careless in my judgement, and I'm glad to be able to stand here today, in front of everyone, and tell you I'm sorry."
She then thanked Ryan Murphy, creator of both American Horror Story and American Crime Story, and ended her speech with "and Holland Taylor, I love you".
Holland, who was at home in New York City, was watching the whole thing from home, and loving every minute of it.
When Sarah gave Holland a shout out on the red carpet, Holland was at home, swooning (like the rest of us):
I am crying at this beautiful love story, the end.