Sunday night's Emmy Awards were surprisingly good, given that it was still an awards show, and at least 16 hours long. Kimmel made a good host, the shows and performers nominated were all very deserving, and the ceremony made us cry and cheer and sometimes cry while cheering. Here are five moments from the show that made us cry tears both sad and happy.
1. Kate McKinnon winning for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
McKinnon's been nominated twice before, but Sunday night her incredible work on SNL won her an Emmy, making her the first SNL cast member, male or female, to ever take home the award for this category. It was hard not to shed a few happy tears at home as she cried while making her acceptance speech (which she'd handily carried in her cleavage. Smart!).
2. Leslie Jones tweeting about Kate McKinnon's win
McKinnon's fellow cast member Leslie Jones was possibly the most enthusiastic friend in the world last night. Feel the love.
3. Julia Louis Dreyfus thanking her dad, who just died on Friday
Last night Julia Louis Dreyfus made Emmy Awards history, winning her sixth Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a comedy. Previously, she'd shared the title for most wins in that category with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore until this year. It was her fifth consecutive win for the role of Selina Meyer in Veep. It seemed her acceptance speech would be as funny as ever, but at the end, she dedicated the win to her father, who passed away on Friday. "I'm so glad that he liked Veep," she said, "because his opinion was the one that really mattered." No, *you* just cried re-watching the clip.
4. Sarah Paulson thanking Marcia Clark in her acceptance speech
After being nominated five times before, Sarah Paulson finally took home an Emmy. She won Outstanding Lead Actress in a limited series for her role as Marcia Clark in American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson. And not only did she bring Clark as her date (platonic only—Paulson is dating fellow actor Holland Taylor, who celebrated her boo's Emmy win with a few tweets of her own), she even had the prosecutor's name engraved on the Emmy. In her speech, Paulson thanked Clark, saying:
The responsibility of playing a real person is an enormous one. You want to get it right not for you but for them. I, along with the rest of the world, had been superficial in my judgment, and I'm glad that I'm able to stand here in front of everyone today and say, I'm sorry.
5. Patton Oswalt's heartbreaking tribute backstage to his late wife
Patton Oswalt won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for his Talking For Clapping stand up special, and in his speech he thanked his daughter and his late wife, true crime writer Michelle McNamara, who passed away suddenly in April, saying: "I want to share this with two people: One of them is my daughter, Alice, waiting at home. The other one is waiting somewhere else—I hope."
He spoke a little more about his wife backstage afterwards, saying:
Every bit of growth that I’ve had in my career especially in my writing and my performing came because I met Michelle McNamara. Because I met and married this woman who just was so much wiser and self-actualized and aware of life than I was. I had convinced myself that I was aware and self-actualized and mature but then I met the real deal...to have that ripped out of my life the way that it has this year — I’m not trying to say that this is meaningless, but everything seems like the lights have been turned down 50% on everything since she’s gone. It just going to be a long, long time before I can be the kind of person she made me again.