Jane Lynch won’t be throwing any slushees in the faces of Emmy voters this year. The woman who weekly terrorizes the kids of “Glee” as Sue Sylvester took home the statue for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy on Sunday night and seamlessly combined humor and true surprise in her acceptance speech.
“Thank you so much,” she told the crowd from the stage, clutching her Emmy in a one-shoulder purple dress. “This is outlandish!”
Lynch went on to thank her family and “Glee” co-stars in true Lynch-ian fashion. “I want to thank my parents on the South Side of Chicago for raising us to the sounds of musical theater and being so unintentionally hilarious,” she said in her speech. “I love being an actor. I love being an ensemble.” Later, recalling the calming spirituality of Buddhism, she joked, “Although I am not Buddhist, they do seem like a very calm people.”
She had the audience in stitches when she said actors “have no choice or any marketable skills. I have to thank my lord and creator [’Glee’ mastermind] Ryan Murphy for creating this role of a lifetime and the cast who are so young and fresh-faced, and when I’m not seething with jealousy, I’m so proud of you. And I love you my wife Laura and my little girl, Haden.”
Later on, Murphy also snatched up a prize for Best Direction of a Comedy. In his speech, he shared with the room why he was inspired to make the show: “Thank you so much. I’m so shocked. I would like to thank Fox … Tom Ford for the tux, my beautiful cast, whom I love so much. ’Glee’ is about the importance of arts education, so I would like to dedicate this to all my teachers who taught me to sing and finger-paint.”
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