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5 most unforgettable Emmy speeches

Whether to hit out politically or socially, the Emmy Awards have had some memorable speeches from actors...So what can we expect on September 17?

brunch Updated: Sep 09, 2017 22:14 IST
By Farhad J. Dadyburjor
By Farhad J. Dadyburjor
Hindustan Times
meryl streep,america ferrera,jeffrey tambor
These stars touched hearts with their speeches at the Emmy’s.

1.Sterling K. Brown

Sterling K. Btown

When Sterling K. Brown won Best Supporting Actor for TV series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016), it was an emotional moment as Brown is the first black actor to win in this category since Jeffrey Wright’s 2004 win for Angels in America. “A lot of you may not have known who I was but you checked the box anyway, and that makes me very, very happy,” he said.

2. Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

In 2013, Jane Lynch gave a tribute to Cory Monteith, her co-star from Glee who died of an accidental overdose. She said, “Cory was a beautiful soul.... Tonight we remember Cory for all he was, and mourn the loss of all he could have been.”

3. Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

TV show Transparent fared very well in 2015, and Jeffrey Tambor won best actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of Maura Pfefferman, a member of the trans community. “I had a teacher who used to say, ‘When you act, you have to act as if your life depends on it,’” he said. “Now I’ve been given the opportunity to act, because people’s lives depend on it.”

4. America Ferrera

America Ferrera

Ugly Betty star America Ferrera became the first Latina in the history of the Emmys to win the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award (2007). Ferrera recently revealed that as a teen she felt she had to dye her dark hair blonde and put white powder on her face for an audition.

5. Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

After being announced as the Outstanding Lead Actress in a miniseries for Angels in America (2004), Meryl got on stage and began her speech with, “You know, there are some days when I, myself, think I’m overrated... but not today!”

And...At IIFA awards

Deepika Padukone

When Deepika Padukone won Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female) Award for her film Piku, she decided to talk about her battle with clinical depression and how she coped up with it through sports. The air was rife with emotions.

From HT Brunch, September 10, 2017

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First Published: Sep 09, 2017 22:14 IST