This year’s Emmy winners didn’t waste their time in the spotlight.From Reese Witherspoon’s impassioned plea for more stories about women to Sterling K. Brown’s tribute to the great actors that came before him, here are some of the night’s gold-worthy speech moments. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman stumped for women:
It was a big night for women at the Emmys, as three female-focused tales (“Big Little Lies,” “Veep,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”) took home major prizes.
Witherspoon acknowledged this in her speech while accepting the award for best limited series, saying, “It’s been an incredible year for women in television.”
She also called on Hollywood to “bring women to the front of their own stories and make them the heroes of their own stories.” Sterling K. Brown gave a shout-out to Emmy greats:
In the speech for his second-ever Emmy win, “This Is Us” star Sterling K. Brown took a moment to reflect on those great actors who have also won the lead actor in a drama statue and the characters they played—like Bryan Cranston’s Walter White, Jon Hamm’s Don Draper (whom Brown referred to as “Dick Whitman,” the character’s real name), and Andre Braugher’s Det. Frank Pembleton.
“I just want to say, Mr. Braugher, whether it is at Stanford University or on this Emmy stage, it is my supreme honor to follow in your footsteps,” he said. Elisabeth Moss got bleeped thanking her mom:
A seemingly surprised Moss, who is also an executive producer on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” gave a joy-filled, breathless speech thanking her cast, writers, and family. When it came time to thank her mom, who was her Emmy date, Moss let her guard down, perhaps too much for the Emmy censors.
“My mother, you are brave and strong and smart and you have taught me that you can be kind,” she said, before getting cut off for using profanity, reports CNN.