Kate McKinnon, most notably from Saturday Night Live, has won her first Emmy! The actress took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her varied performances on SNL at the 68th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Her most notable impressions on the famed sketch comedy show are Hillary Clinton, Justin Bieber, and Ellen DeGeneres.
“I’m really crying. I’m not making it up,” she began, clearly emotional. “Thank you to Lorne Michaels for giving me the job of my life. Thank you to my amazing colleagues, the cast and writers.” She went on to thank the two characters that most likely earned her the award: “Thank you, Ellen DeGeneres. Thank you, Hillary Clinton”. She actually thanked Clinton twice. As she wrapped up her speech, McKinnon got even more emotional saying, “On a personal note, thank you to my mother and sister and father. … He made me start watching SNL when I was 12. Thank you and I miss you pap.”
Most recently, McKinnon starred in Ghostbusters along side Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones. She has four Emmy nominations overall and this was her third straight year being nominated in the category. McKinnon has garnered critical praise for her wide-ranging impersonations, including her very timely Hillary Clinton impression. She faced some solid competition in the category, beating out Allison Janney as the deeply flawed matriarch on Mom, Anna Chlumsky as the president’s under-appreciated staffer on Veep, Gaby Hoffmann as the immature youngest child on Transparent, Judith Light as the loving ex-wife onTransparent, and Niecy Nash as the caring nurse on Getting On.
And here’s another gem of a performance, just for good measure….