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Murphy won the Emmy for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for his hosting turn on the NBC sketch show in December 2019. Maya Rudolph won for outstanding guest actress in a comedy — her second Emmy this year — for playing Sen. Kamala Harris in the same episode.
The Emmy is the first of Murphy’s career. He was nominated twice before during his time as a cast member of the show in the early 1980s, along with nods for writing on SNL in 1984 and as a producer of The PJs in 1999. See his acceptance speech below.
Rudolph, meanwhile, was nominated twice in the guest actress category, also earning a nod for NBC’s The Good Place. She’s set to return to SNL this fall and continue playing Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice president, in the run-up to the election.
Rudolph also won an Emmy earlier this week for her voiceover performance in Netflix’s animated series Big Mouth.
The two wins are the fourth and fifth for SNL in 2020. In the earlier Creative Arts ceremonies, the long-running NBC series won for variety sketch series; production design for a variety, reality or competition series; and directing for a variety series, with Don Roy King earning his fourth consecutive Emmy in the category.
— Television Academy (@TelevisionAcad) September 20, 2020
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