The Supporting Drama Actress Emmy Goes To...

by Rachel Simon

The Emmys are known for their surprises, especially in the acting categories (anyone remember Merritt "I gotta go. Bye" Wever winning Supporting Comedy Actress in 2013?) so viewers have come to expect the unexpected. Still, it was a welcome surprise when Uzo Aduba won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress, Drama at Sunday night's show, for her work as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in Orange is the New Black. Aduba beat out a talented group of contenders to take home the prize: Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, The Good Wife's Christine Baranski, Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt, and two Game of Thrones stars, Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey.

Aduba has been a fan-favorite of OITNB since the beginning, thanks to her powerful performance as the sweet, mentally ill Suzanne. She won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy last year, and was deservedly bumped up to Supporting Actress for this year's race. In a show full of incredible actors, Aduba has been a star, stealing scenes and moving viewers to tears episode after episode.

Accepting her award, a tearful Aduba thanked her show's cast and crew, as well as her family, for supporting her through her journey on Orange. She called out series creator Jenji Kohan in particular, saying that thanking her 1000 times "would not be enough to cover the amount of thanks that I feel for you, Jenji Kohan, I love you so much. I appreciate you for putting belief back in my heart."

It was a beautiful speech, and such a well-deserved win for Aduba. She's nothing less than fantastic on OITNB, and it's been so great to see her gain fame and earn praise over the years for her incredible performance as Suzanne. Here's hoping she wins Emmys for years to come.