Emmys 2016: Kate McKinnon Scores First Win, Hillary Clinton Celebrates

Kate McKinnon was visibly (and admittedly) shaken as she scored her first win at Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

“I’m really crying, I’m not making it up,” the four-time nominee assured the audience as she clutched the award for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. “Thank you to the Academy, so much. … Good sentence. … This is really crazy, you guys. Thank you Lorne Michaels for giving me the job of my life, and to the amazing crew at SNL. You know, it’s really hard making 90 minutes of sketch comedy every week for 42 years. Thank you to my amazing colleagues, the cast and writers, who are the smartest, best people I know.”

After taking a moment to thank her two biggest impersonations — Ellen DeGeneres and Hillary Clinton, naturally — McKinnon’s speech took a dramatic turn.

“On a personal note, thank you to my beautiful and hilarious mother and sister,” she said. “And to my father, who’s not with us anymore, but he made me start watching SNL when I was 12. Thank you and I miss you, Pop.”

UPDATE: It seems Clinton’s ears were burning when McKinnon accepted her award:

For the record, McKinnon beat out fellow nominees Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent), Allison Janney (Mom), Judith Light (Transparent) and Niecy Nash (Getting On).

Video of McKinnon’s win will be posted when it’s available. In the meantime,  drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. Rudolf Hernamdez says:

    So happy for her win, but who was the guy seated with her that she kissed? She supposed to be out and proud. Maybe not so out and proud anymore?

    • Dawn says:

      She kissed him on the cheek. So most probably a friend. Lesbians can have guy friends. And we can even kiss them on the cheek on these kind of happy occasions.

    • Jamie says:

      Lmao even lesbians have been known to have male friends and family members, and they sometimes even show them affection! It’s not like they made out or had sex on the hood of a car – it was a quick hug and kiss.

    • She is a big lesbian. That was a friend. I saw in an interview that she’s a very loving/touchy person with her friends.

  2. Kevin K says:

    Kate McKinnon truly deserves to win.

  3. Grace says:

    Kate is the best in SNL. So happy that she won, she really deserves it!!!

  4. Tan says:

    She is extraordinary, exquisite, and I tuned in solely to watch her. But there is something painful about watching her transition to Kate McKinnon the stereotypical femme fatale from her earlier and seemingly more authentic slightly butchy sexy self.

  5. jp says:

    What was up with Julia Louis Dreyfuss? After Kate’s speech as they were heading to commercial they cut to her and she had a sour look on her face and was doing one of those barely clapping motions. Maybe she doesn’t like Kate?