Wonderwall.com rounded up the best acceptance speeches from the 2020 Emmy Awards — just in case you missed it! Keep reading to take a look back at the sweetest and silliest moments, starting with Regina King, who exclaimed, "This is so freaking weird!" as she was presented with the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her work on "Watchmen." She then encouraged viewers to vote, research ballot measures on Ballotpedia and vote up and down the ballot in local elections. "Be a good human," she said. She then signed off by honoring the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "Rest in power, RBG," she said.
"Our story is about a man — it's about family — it's about a man who's fighting for his brother who's living with mental illness. It's a story that's common throughout so much of the United States and the world today, and it asks a big question: How are we going to heal and honor and take care of each other and our most vulnerable people? We do that with love and we do that with compassion and we do that by fighting for them. That's what we have to do today. We have to come together with love for each other. When we have privilege, we have to fight for those who are less fortunate and more vulnerable. That's what's great about America: our diversity. The one thing I've learned in my family … is that we are stronger together when we love each other and we respect each other's diversity. So we have a big, important moment ahead of us. Are we going to be a country of division [and] hatred and a country only for a certain kind of people? Or are we going to be one of love and strength and fighting for all of us to have the American dream and the pursuit of light and liberty and love and happiness in this great country of ours? That's what we're facing right now." –Mark Ruffalo, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, "I Know This Much Is True"
"I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating, but I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there. I know that our TV show doesn't always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people. And I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets: I see you, I admire you, I thank you." —Zendaya, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, "Euphoria"
"To all the young people in my life — my glorious son Will, my nephews, Ash, all my godchildren, [girlfriend Naomi Watts's sons] Sasha and Kai — please save us. Sorry to ask, but thanks in advance for all of your help. I love you all very much." –Billy Crudup, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, "The Morning Show"
"I will forever be grateful to Eugene and Daniel Levy for the opportunity … to play a woman of a certain age — my age! — who gets to fully be her ridiculous self." –Catherine O'Hara, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, "Schitt's Creek"
"You see: I told you I was good! I guess it's kinda ironical that the straightest role I've ever played lands me an Emmy for a comedy performance, so now I seriously have to question just what I've been doing for the past 50 years. … I first want to thank my darling wife of 43 years, Deb Divine, for all the love, support and sage counsel over the years. I wouldn't be up here without you, Deb. I love you. … As a dad, getting to work on camera for six years with both my kids, Daniel and Sarah, [was] such a joy. I love you both and could not be prouder. And that brings me to my multi-Emmy-nominated partner, Daniel Levy, who took our show that we came up with and brilliantly guided it to this little Emmy party tonight. Thank you, son!" –Eugene Levy, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, "Schitt's Creek"
"Holy cow! Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! This tent's on fire. Writers don't get awards — what is this?! First of all, I just want to say thank you to my dad [Eugene Levy] for giving me the reins to this show even though I didn't have any experience in a writers room, which saying that out loud right now feels like a wild choice on your part. But I am very grateful for it. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for you." –Daniel Levy, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, "Schitt's Creek"
"Andrew and I met in film school. I dropped out. He stayed in. I don't know what that message is, but this is a full circle moment and I am happy to share it with you." –Daniel Levy, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, "Schitt's Creek"
"I just touched my face and hugged you like three times, so from a COVID perspective, this is terrible." –Andrew Cividino, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, "Schitt's Creek"
"The Internet's about to turn on me — I'm so sorry! First of all, I would not be here if it weren't for the six-year master class that was led by two brilliant comedic minds that I had the good fortune of working with for the past six seasons — my dad Eugene Levy and the magnificent Catherine O'Hara, who led by example. They led without ego and they led with excitement, and the trickle effect of that was felt through everybody. … To play David Rose, this has been the greatest experience of my life." –Daniel Levy, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, "Schitt's Creek"
"The six years that I have spent working on this show have been the best six years of my entire life, and I am so, so proud of the cast and the crew and the writers — and I can't believe that Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara are my friends. And I'm so proud to be a part of a show that stands for love and kindness and inclusively and acceptance because those four things are things that we need more than ever right now." –Annie Murphy, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, "Schitt's Creek"
"Our show at its core is about the transformational effects of love and acceptance, and that is something that we need more of now than we've ever needed before. And I just wanted to say for any of you who have not registered to vote, please do so and then go out and vote because that is the only way that we are going to have some love and acceptance out there. Please do that. I am so sorry for making this political, but I had to. Dad, do the rest of the fun stuff!" –Daniel Levy, Outstanding Comedy Series, "Schitt's Creek"
"I want to thank once again this young man who took our fish-out-of-water story about the Rose family and transformed it into a celebration of inclusivity, a castigation of homophobia and a declaration of the power of love. So thank you, Daniel." –Eugene Levy, Outstanding Comedy Series, "Schitt's Creek"
"I want to say thank you, first off, to my mama and my daddy — man, I'm surprised — to my siblings, my squad. I love y'all. … 'Watchman' was a story about trauma. It was a story about the lasting scars of white domestic violence, white domestic terrorism, partly. It was a story about police corruption and brutality. But in the midst of all that, it was also a story about a god who came down to Earth to reciprocate to a Black woman all the love that she deserved. He offered her sacrifice and support, passion, attention, and he did all that in the body of a Black man. And I'm so proud that I was able to walk into those shoes. So I dedicate this award to all the Black women in my life — the people who believed in me first. I call you my early investors. I love you, I appreciate you, and this one is for you — thank you." –Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, "Watchmen"
"Wow! Mom, I won! … I want to thank my friends. I want to thank my family — my mom most especially, without whom I would not be here. And my team. Thank you beyond words. I love all you guys. You carried me and lifted me — I am beyond grateful. Thank you so much, and let's go change the world. … Mommy!" –Uzo Aduba, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, "Mrs. America"
"I'd like to thank my wife, Kate. I love you very much — and you've done my makeup! She's kept a 4 year old and a 2 year old out of this room as I've been trying to do this show. My 4 year old at one point did burst in and say, 'Dada, who are you talking to?' and I said, 'Nobody.' He said, 'What are you talking about?' I said, 'Police brutality,' and he said, 'That doesn't sound fun.' And he left. And you know what? He wasn't wrong about that!" –John Oliver, Outstanding Variety Talk Series, "Last Week Tonight"
"A special note to the viewer: Kiddo, I know how you feel right now. Just know that you are loved and don't give up on love. Believe in love and the power of love, okay?" –RuPaul, Outstanding Competition Program, "RuPaul's Drag Race"
"First, I am shocked, to be honest. I want to show gratitude to all the women in this category. You are the reason why I'm acting in the first place, so thank you. … Lets try to make this work better, and there will be light at the end of this tunnel." –Julia Garner, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, "Ozark"
"I read a poem by Stephen Dunn that said, 'All I ever wanted was a book so good I'd be finishing it for the rest of my life.' This job is that for me." –Jeremy Strong, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, "Succession"
"When I was about 19 years old, I left home and my grandmother gave me a quilt that she had made, and this quilt was something that I didn't really care for. It had all these different colors and these different patches in it, and I was quite embarrassed by it. I had no value in it at all. When the dog got wet, I dried him off with it. When I needed to change the oil in the car, I laid it on the ground. I had no respect for this quilt. Many years later, as I was walking past one of those fancy antique stores that I could finally go in and shop, I saw in the window a quilt that looked just like the one that she had given me. As I'm in the store wondering where that quilt was, there was an attendant who walked up to me and said, 'Let me tell you about the quilt. It was made by an African American woman who was a former slave, and each patch in the quilt represented a part of her life. One part was from a dress that she was wearing when she found out that she was free. Another part was from her wedding dress when she jumped the broom.' As I was hearing this story, I became so embarrassed. Here I was, a person who prides myself in celebrating our heritage, our culture, and I didn't even recognize the value in my grandmother's quilt. I dismissed her work and her story because it didn't look like what I thought it should. Now whether we know it or not, we are all sewing our own quilts with our thoughts, our behaviors, our experiences and our memories. Like in my own quilt, one of my memories [is that] when I was about 10 years old, I remember my father standing at the door. I was wondering why he stood there so long. He was frustrated and walked away, and I asked my mother what was going on. She said he had worked all week and he was waiting for the man to come and pay him and he never did. They needed the money at the time. And I tell you, she was so frustrated. She turned to me and she said, 'Don't you ever stand by the door waiting for white folks to do nothing for you.' … My mother wasn't a racist, but in her quilt, she couldn't imagine a world where her son was not waiting by the door for someone. In her quilt, she couldn't imagine me actually building my own door and holding that door open for thousands of people. In my mother's quilt, she couldn't imagine me owning land that was once a Confederate army base where Confederate soldiers plotted and planned on how to keep Blacks enslaved. Now on that very land, Black people, white people, gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, ex-cons, Latin, Asian, all of us come together working — all come together to add patches to a quilt that is as diverse as it can be. Diversity at its best." –Tyler Perry, Governors Award recipient