“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).
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