Though all five nominees — including Sarah Hay (Flesh & Bone), Felicity Huffman (American Crime) and Queen Latifah (Bessie) — earned their nods, TVLine always saw this as a race between Gaga (American Horror Story: Hotel) and Kirsten Dunst (Fargo).
As TVLine boss Michael Ausiello predicted, Gaga took home the gold, telling the audience that she felt like Cher’s character in Moonstruck.
“This is one of the greatest moments of my life,” Gaga said, tears already starting to form. “I have to thank Ryan Murphy. You are just a wonderful human being. You have believed in me so much and been such a good friend to me.”
She proceeded to give individual shout-outs to Hotel castmates Matt Bomer, Denis O’Hare, Angela Bassett, Cheyenne Jackson and Evan Peters.
“I could go through the entire cast, because you’re all so talented,” she continued. “Because of you, I was able to shine, I guess. Thank you for sharing your talent with me. I wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a singer, but music worked out first. “
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