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Uzo Aduba Wins Big at the Creative Arts Emmys

Uzo Aduba came out on top at this year’s creative arts Emmys, taking home the gold for her breakout role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Orange is the New Black.

Nominated alongside two of her castmates, Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne, the actress won the award for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series Saturday.

In her emotional acceptance speech, the 33-year-old thanked the creators and producers of the Netflix original show as well as her mother, a Nigerian immigrant who came to America to provide a better life for her family.

Not only was she shocked to win, she was also just as awestruck to accept her trophy from veteran actor Morgan Freeman.

“It’s like you’re walking and you’re aware that you’re walking toward Morgan Freeman, but you’re fairly certain you should still be sitting on your seat,” she said in the press room. “I feel so full. That’s why the tears come out. I’m stuffed. My cup runneth over right now. Mission accomplished, thank you.”

Orange is the New Black also won awards for outstanding casting and editing, but the popular series wasn’t the only big winner. Fan-favorite Scandal was also recognized.

Joe Morton won the award for outstanding guest actor in a drama for his portrayal of Rowan Pope in the ABC series.

The creative arts Emmy ceremony, which largely honors technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes crafts, traditionally occurs one week before the primetime awards ceremony. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards airs live on NBC August 25 at 8 p.m. ET. Will you be watching?