August 17, 2014 9:00 am
Updated: August 18, 2014 12:02 pm

Uzo Aduba wins Emmy for ‘Orange is the New Black’

Uzo Aduba, pictured in August 2014.

Frazer Harrison

LOS ANGELES – Uzo Aduba is an Emmy winner for her breakout role as a prisoner known as “Crazy Eyes” in Orange is the New Black.

The series received two other awards, for casting and picture editing, at the creative arts Emmy ceremony Saturday honouring technical and other achievements.

In an emotional speech, Aduba thanked her mother, who came from Nigeria “to make a better life for her family.”

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She also thanked producers and others for a show “that lets everyone be represented in such a beautiful way.”

Aduba won as best guest actress in a comedy series.

Jimmy Fallon was honoured as best guest comedy actor for Saturday Night Live.

On the drama side, guest-acting honours went to Joe Morton for Scandal and Allison Janney for Masters of Sex.

Janney thanked producers, co-stars and writers on the series, then added one more person: “The crew guy who got me a shot of bourbon before my first sex scene was extraordinarily important to me,” she said.

Zach Galifianakis’ interview with President Barack Obama last March on the actor-comedian’s Between Two Ferns show on the Funny or Die website won the Emmy for best short-format, live-action entertainment program.

Awards in other acting, writing and directing categories will be given at the Aug. 25 ceremony. Janney has a shot at another Emmy for her role in the sitcom Mom.

The biggest awards haul Saturday went to Saturday Night Live, with five trophies. Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, a 21st-century edition of the 1980s series Cosmos, earned four. Dramas Game of Thrones, True Detective and Sherlock: His Last Vow also picked up a quartet of honours each.

© 2014 The Associated Press

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