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O’Hara beat out other nominees Christina Applegate (Dead to Me), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Linda Cardellini (Dead to Me), Issa Rae (Insecure) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
While accepting the award in an event space surrounded by her castmates, all donning masks, O’Hara shared she will be “forever grateful to Eugene and Daniel Levy for bestowing me the opportunity to play a woman of a certain age, my age, who gets to fully be her ridiculous self.”
O’Hara thanked her wardrobe, hair and makeup team for making her “who I thought I was.” She then added to those watching at home, “May I wish you all a sound mind and a sound body.”
“Though these are the strangest of days may you have as much joy being holed up in a room or two with your family as I have with my dear roses,” she added at the end of her speech.
This is O’Hara’s first acting Emmy win, with her former win being for best writing in a variety or music program for SCTV Network 90 in 1982.
Schitt’s Creek swept the comedy categories during the Primetime Emmy Awards, with Eugene Levy winning for best actor, son Daniel Levy winning best writing and best supporting actor, Annie Murphy snagging the supporting actress category, and the series landing an Emmy for best comedy series.
With its seven Emmy wins on Sunday night on the heels of two wins at the Creative Arts Emmys last week, the PopTV series established a new record for most wins in a single season for a comedy series.
The 72nd Emmy Awards air live on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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