Emmys: Louie Anderson Wins Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
He dedicated the award to his mother, whom he said he really channels in his performance of Christine.
Louie Anderson won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy series on Sunday night for his performance in Baskets.
The actor beat out Andre Braugher in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Ty Burrell in Modern Family, Tituss Burgess in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tony Hale in Veep, Keegan-Michael Key in Key and Peele, and Matt Walsh in Veep. Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross were on hand to present the first award of the night.
"Mom, we did it!" the actor jokingly said as he took the stage to accept the first award of the night and his very first Emmy. "I have not always been a very good man, but I play one hell of a woman."
Backstage, Anderson was still somewhat in shock at his victory for playing Christine Baskets, the mother to Zach Galifianakis' character on the FX comedy Baskets.
"These are so much heavier than you think, but so am I!" he deadpanned. "I feel like I stole one from some really talented people. I watched every one of those episodes and thought I had a one out of four chance. I got lucky."
The actor said he hoped his victory would bring more viewers to the little-watched FX comedy that was renewed after only five episodes. He dedicated the award to his mother, whom he said he really channels in his performance of Christine. "This is her award. I'm stealing every little nuance she did," he said, telling backstage press to embrace the fact that eventually everyone will take on their mother's characteristics. "Realize they won and there's nothing you can do about it."
Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, which aired live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.