August 25, 2014 7:57pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'American Horror Story's' Kathy Bates Nearly Dedicated Emmy to Robin Williams
The actress, who took home her second career Emmy — for FX anthology American Horror Story: Coven — again dedicated her statuette to the crew of the Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk series, but noted that the win also was special because of the late actor.
"When I won my first major award for Misery — a Golden Globe — they didn't have cell phones and I was waiting at a pay phone to call my mother afterward and I didn't have a quarter. I turned around and asked, and Robin said, 'Here's a quarter to call your mother.' I never forgot that kindness," she recalled, noting that years later when she was up for an Academy Award, Williams — a winner the year prior for Good Will Hunting — was presenting. When she lost to Judi Dench, Bates said Williams checked in on her during a commercial break. "He came to me and said, 'I really wished I could have had your name in the envelope; are you OK? I know how hard it is to lose.' He was so kind to me."
While Bates said she didn't know Williams well, she said her victory made Monday "special" for that reason, too. "I almost wanted to say, 'Look, I own this time and this is for you,' but I was just so … nervous."
As for Bates' fellow American Horror Story: Coven winner, Jessica Lange,the actress joked backstage that she hopes her next major accomplishment in her career is one you wouldn't expect: "I want to win the Belmont Stakes," she joked.
The actress collected her second Emmy for her role in FX anthology American Horror Story on Monday — her third total in six nominations. Her first victory was for the freshman run Murder House of the series from Glee co-creators Murphy and Falchuk.
In all seriousness, Lange said she was surprised by the victory. (She was nominated for season two, Asylum, but did not take home the trophy.) "I was stunned. I really didn't expect this tonight," she told reporters backstage Monday.
The actress dodged questions about whether the upcoming fourth run of the series (subtitled Freak Show) would really be her last, and instead said the twisted circus-themed season would be the "most extraordinary" run the show has ever done.
Lange credited her Emmy success with her ability to excel in a chaotic environment like American Horror Story.
"We move fast and there's a lot of chaos; I find I work well in chaotic situations," she said. "There's tremendous creative energy and I feel very fortunate to have these people to work with."
During her acceptance speech, Lange called AHS' cast of repertory players — as well as the writers and crew — a "dream come true from beginning to end."
Lange took home the statuette Monday for her role in the witchy-themed third season, Coven, in which she played Supreme Fiona Goode. The series, nominated for 17 Emmys, was largely shut out save for Lange and Bates.
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A complete list of winners can be found here.