BEST EMMY AC­CEP­TANCE SPEECHES

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Cover Story - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

Betty White (1986)

In a field that in­cluded “The Golden Girls” cast­mates Beatrice Arthur and Rue McClana­han, White won her third of five ca­reer Em­mys for her por­trayal of ditsy Mi­ami re­tiree Rose Ny­lund, an honor for which she thanked NBC “for tak­ing a chance on four old broa – uh, ladies.”

Sarah Jes­sica Parker (2004)

The nor­mally cool and con­fi­dent “Sex and the City” star was clearly out of sorts dur­ing her ac­cep­tance speech for her first lead ac­tress Emmy honor, fre­net­i­cally thank­ing any­one she could think of while a tear­ful co-star Kristin Davis looked on.

Meryl Streep (2005)

Streep won her sec­ond lead ac­tress Emmy for “An­gels in Amer­ica” and demon­strated a few com­edy/ im­prov chops in her ac­cep­tance speech, re­mark­ing that “there are some days when I my­self think I’m over­rated – but not to­day.” And she kept on talk­ing even af­ter the mu­sic piped up in­di­cat­ing it was time to wrap things up.

Ricky Ger­vais (2007)

Though this wasn’t an ac­cep­tance speech, ul­tra-dry Emmy host Ger­vais en­gaged in a faux­hos­tile stare down and more with Steve Carell, a nom­i­nee for lead ac­tor for “The Of­fice,” a role Ger­vais cre­ated in the orig­i­nal Bri­tish se­ries that the Amer­i­can ver­sion was based upon.

Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus (2012)

The “Veep” Emmy win­ner hi­lar­i­ously be­gan her speech by thank­ing NBC and the crew of “Parks and Re­cre­ation” – be­fore re­al­iz­ing she had “ac­ci­den­tally” swapped ac­cep­tance speeches with Amy Poehler dur­ing a hug on her walk up to the podium.

Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus (2013)

Emmy view­ers were in on the joke as Louis-Drey­fus rat­tled off her thank yous for her sec­ond con­sec­u­tive win, prompted by whis­pers in her ear from “Veep” co-star Tony Hale, who played her char­ac­ter’s per­sonal aide and bag man Gary on the se­ries.

Mer­ritt Wever (2013)

And the award for short­est ac­cep­tance speech in Emmy his­tory goes to the “Nurse Jackie” co-star for her suc­cinct: “Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye.”

Betty White

Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus

Mer­ritt Wever

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