When Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black“) won Best Comedy Guest Actress Saturday night at the Creative Arts Emmys, the press room erupted in wild applause and excitement for the first time all evening. Yes, even us heartless journalists realized the historical importance of this Emmy win.
Aduba is the first African-American actress to claim Emmy victory in this guest category since it was created in 1989. However, prior to that year, the male and female guest races were combined and Beah Richards (“Frank’s Place”) did win the grab-all prize in 1988.
In the press room video below, you’ll see Aduba in a much different light than how you’re used to seeing Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on “Orange is the New Black.” An emotional Aduba tells us, “I feel so full, that’s why the tears come out. My cup runneth over right now. I feel full of joy, like a fountain.”
At the 8:45 minute mark, Gold Derby’s Contributing Editor Ralph Galvan asks Aduba what it was like receiving her Emmy from acting legend Morgan Freeman, and she proceeds to give us a hilarious, award-worthy reenactment of the moment Freeman handed her the trophy.