SAG Awards: Uzo Aduba Wins Best Actress in a Comedy Series for 'OITNB'
The 'Orange Is the New Black' star dedicated her acceptance speech to the hopeful actors watching at home: "No matter if anybody tells you to get out of that line you're waiting in — stay in line."
Uzo Aduba on Saturday evening took home the award for outstanding performance by a female actress in a comedy series at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The Orange Is the New Black star was nominated alongside Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation).
"Oh my gosh," the actress said about the "incredible" honor. After thanking Netflix, Lionsgate and her co-stars and creators of the hit show, Aduba dedicated her speech to the hopeful actors watching at home: "I would like to just take an opportunity to acknowledge the actors who are at home, not here in this room with us but hoping to one day be in this room with us, to continue to keep trying. To keep plugging, to keep working. No matter if anybody tells you to get out of that line that you're waiting in — stay in line. You have the chance. It is yours."
Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm, who presented the prize, riffed about laughter, including when someone trips and falls down and shows their "butt crack." Hamm asked, "Do you remember the first time you laughed? No! It's impossible."
Aduba returned to the stage for the next honor when the entire OITNB cast received the award for best ensemble in a comedy series.
The SAG Awards, which annually honor achievements in film and television, were broadcast live from the Shrine Exposition Center in downtown Los Angeles.