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In addition to his family and the people he worked with, Daniels thanked Netflix for “letting artists be artists.” He also gave a shout-out to the people who helped him ride a horse.
“Little tip for you young actors — when they call and say, ‘Can you ride a horse?,’ don’t lie,” the actor said. “You will find on day one that you’re in the Kentucky Derby.”
Daniels also thanked the actual horse. “I’d also finally like to thank my horse, Apollo. He was Jeff Bridges’ horse on True Grit, and I felt he was making unfair comparisons. Three times he threw me off. The third and last time I broke my wrist,” he said, adding that it’s now healed.
When in doubt, thank your horse. #Emmy
— Jeff Daniels (@Jeff_Daniels) September 18, 2018
The category was stacked with actors from The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story — Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin, and Finn Wittrock — but Daniels’ portrayal of a ruthless outlaw prevailed. He also beat out his Looming Tower co-star Michael Stuhlbarg, in addition to Waco‘s John Leguizamo and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert‘s Brandon Victor Dixon.
The Primetime Emmy Awards are being handed out at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Michael Che and Colin Jost are co-hosting the ceremony, airing live on NBC.
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