Frances McDormand is no stranger to award shows, and yet, her win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie marks her first Emmy win. McDormand took home the award for her work on Olive Kitteridge, in which she played the titular character as the series chronicled Olive’s 25-year relationship with her husband, Henry.
The actress gave what must have been the shortest acceptance speech in recorded history, which was more than likely a relief to producers who had rolled out the play-off music more than once by the time McDormand hit the Microsoft Theater stage.
“My colleagues Jane and Lisa have already given the thank-yous that need to be said,” McDormand said. “We’re all here because of the power of the stories that need to be told. Sometimes that’s enough. Thank you.”
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McDormand beat out fellow nominees Felicity Huffman, Queen Latifah, Jessica Lange, Emma Thompson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Backstage after accepting her award, McDormand talked about using the fictional town of Crosby, Maine, to tell a story about small-town America. “One of the most exciting things for me that the storytelling we did was it was not compromised. We didn’t pull any punches,” she said. “We were really dedicated to showing these people as boldly as we could and I think that was a really important way to talk about small town America… We made it through and it was not an easy thing to do. It’s about a small town. It you keep it small, keep your community in tact, if you keep it fair, you can exist as a tolerant community.”