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Read Merritt Wever’s Iconic 2013 Emmy Speech After Winning Best Supporting Comedy Actress for ‘Nurse Jackie’
The year? 2013. The speech? Eleven words. And yet, with just a few moments on stage, Merritt Weaver made Oscars history when she won Best Supporting Comedy Actress for her role on Nurse Jackie. After bagging the accolade for her role as Zoey, Wever ascended to the stage in complete shock, collected her trophy, and then bewilderingly looked out on the audience to say, “Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye.” Then, like an angel, she floated off stage to go collect her thoughts.
Clearly, she wasn’t expecting to bag the trophy, but in interviews backstage, Wever admitted that her quick fire speech wasn’t planned as much as it was the result of a near-panic attack. After thanking Showtime and Edie Falco, Wever admitted, “I’m scared, honestly, because it was unexpected. I mean, I have therapy next week.” That year, Glee’s Jane Lynch and Modern Family’s Julie Bowen were favorites to win, but Wever proved that she was (and still is) a serious awards threat. Sometimes you forget to thank your spouse when accepting a giant award, and then sometimes you forget to thank literally everyone. Watch the short clip here.
Not to be outdone by herself, Wever took home her second Emmy last year for her role in Godless. When she made it to the stage, she was decidedly a bit more composed, but equally funny. After mouthing “fuck” on screen, she takes to the stage to say:
Oh, I’m so sorry. I really appreciate this and really hope you don’t mistake my fear right now for a lack of gratitude. I really wanted to say hello and congratulations—oh, I came prepared and I’m bombing already—I wanted to be a grown up about this… there’s a lot of people I want to thank, but I think I’m going to do that in private.
If the buzz around her performance on Netflix is any indication, then Wever will likely be accepting another Emmy next year for Unbelievable. Just, you know, don’t tell her. Let the tradition of perfectly messy award speeches continue.
Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture.