25 Emmy Speeches You May Have Forgotten About

As an actor, you win some and you lose some.

And as an audience, it’s perfectly normal to forget who’s won in the past, that is, unless they gave an epic, arm hair-raising speech, did something funny or controversial, or tripped on their way up to the microphone.

So in honor of the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday (Sept. 20), here’s a look back at 25 Emmy speeches you may have forgotten about.

Best Actress – Drama

Gillian Anderson: flawless then, flawless now. Here’s her acceptance speech from 1997 for her role as Dr. Dana Scully in X Files.

Allison Janney won the award for Best Actress in 2004 for her role as C. J. Cregg in The West Wing, and called Mariska Hargitay up on stage to share the win. Janney has won six Emmys to date.


Best Actress – Comedy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has the unofficial title of best acceptance speech ever, when she and her Veep co-star Tony Hale channelled their characters President Selina Meyer and Gary the bag man, respectively, in 2013. She also won the award in 2014 and made out with Bryan Cranston on her way up to accept her award (watch here). JLD has won five Emmys (and been nominated 20 times) for her roles in Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep.

Melissa McCarthy gave her acceptance speech for winning Miss America, as well as Best Actress in 2011 for her role in Mike & MollyHer, Edie FalcoLaura Linney, Tina FeyMartha Plimpton, and Amy Poehler all walked up to the stage to crown the winner (instead of watching from their seats, as is custom).

Jennifer Aniston won for her portrayal of the beloved Rachel Green in Friends in 2002, and what a throwback this one is: now ex-husband Brad Pitt gave her a kiss on the cheek before she head up on stage stunned.

Sarah Jessica Parker finally won a Best Actress Emmy for her eponymous role as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City in 2004, the show’s last season.

Ugly Betty’s American Ferrera won the award in 2007, becoming the first Latina to win in that category.

Betty White won her own “golden girl” in 1986 for her role in Golden Girls. White has won six Emmys to date.


Best Actor – Drama

Homeland’s Damien Lewis won Best Actor for a Drama Series at the 2012 Emmys. This is just another excuse to look at his handsome face.  

James Spader won the Emmy for Best Actor in 2004, 2005 and 2007 for his role as Alan Shore in Boston Legal. In 2007, he joked that he felt as if he owed money to the mafia, referring to beating out The Soprano’s James Gandolfini.

We all remember Bryan Cranston’s beautiful speech from last year, which celebrated his bromance with his Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul and the end of perhaps the greatest television show of all time. Cranston won 4 Best Actor Emmys for his portrayal of Walter White. Here’s his acceptance speech from 2008.


Best Actor – Comedy

Oh Alec Baldwin, how we love thee Jack Donaghy. Baldwin took home the award for Best Actor for his role on 30 Rock in 2008 and 2009.

Ricky Gervais won Best Actor in 2007 for Extras, but since he wasn’t in attendance, presenters for the award Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart gave the prize to Steve Carell, also nominated for hs role as Michael Scott on The Office. A year later, Gervais took his award back:


Best Supporting Actress- Comedy

Lisa Kudrow was perfection as Phoebe Buffay in Friends. She won in 1998.

Jane Lynch won in the Best Supporting Actress award in 2010 for her highly entertaining role as Sue Sylvester on Glee

Merritt Wever fantastically got straight to the point in her acceptance speech in 2013 for her role in Nurse Jackie.


Best Supporting Actress- Drama

Drea de Matteo won the award in 2004 for her role as Adriana on The Sopranos.

Katherine Heigl swore before ascending the stage to give her sassy acceptance speech for her 2007 win for her role on Grey’s Anatomy. The year after, she opted out of the Emmy’s race because she felt she wasn’t given enough good material to warrant an Emmy’s nomination, infuriating the writers, producers, and Shonda Rhimes.

Archie Panjabi won Best Supporting Actress for The Good Wife in 2010 for her stellar role as Kalinda Sharma. Well-deserved, and her character will be forever missed.


Best Supporting Actor – Drama

Another one of our favorites, Aaron Paul, had his first Emmy win in 2010. He won three Best Supporting Actor Emmys portraying Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Peter Dinklage’s acceptance speech in 2011 for his role as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones was the epitome of short and sweet.


Best Supporting Actor – Comedy

Modern Family’s Ty Burrell won his first Emmy in 2011, and gave a touching speech in honor of his late father. He won again in 2014.

Jeremy Piven won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in 2006, 2007, and 2008 for his portrayal of movie agent Ari Gold in EntourageHere’s his touching incredibly acceptance speech from 2007:


Other categories

Goddess Meryl Streep won the Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2005 for Angels in AmericaShe won her first Emmy in 1987 in the same category for Holocaust. The woman is just pure perfection:

In 2013, Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock. Fun fact: she started as a writer’s assistant for 30 Rock when she was 23.

Good luck to everyone nominated this year!

See our predictions at Celebuzz here.