The Wednesday Five: Best Moments for Women at the 2016 Emmy Awards

Sunday’s 68th Annual Emmy Awards featured beautiful and groundbreaking moments for women in Hollywood. Here are our top five favorites of some of the best speeches and notable moments in the Awards.



When Jill Soloway Had #TopplethePatriarchy Trending on Twitter

Jill Soloway, the creator and director of  the Amazon show “Transparent,” which features a transgender protagonist, won for “Outstanding Directing In A Comedy Series.” She made a moving and impassioned speech in favor of LGBT rights and diversity in popular culture. By the time her speech was over, her phrase “topple the patriarchy” was trending.




When Kate McKinnon Thanked both Ellen DeGeneres and Hillary Clinton

Kate McKinnon, the Saturday Night Live star, won for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In her speech, she thanked “Ellen DeGeneres and Hillary Clinton.”



When Courtney B. Vance Gave a Shout-Out to Angela Bassett — as “the Woman Who Rocks His Chain.”

Courtney B. Vance gave  Angela Bassett the ultimate tribute when he won the Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie” for his performance as Johnnie Cochran in The People v. O.J. Simpson. On Emmy night, Vance and Bassett were defining #RelationshipGoals.




4. When Julia Louis Dreyfuss Offered Her Own Apology for our Current Political Climate

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Wins Lead Actress Comedy… by MOTOARCHIVE . For the fifth consecutive year, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won “Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” for her outstanding lead role in Veep. The best part of her speech was her apology to the country: “While I’m apologizing, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate. I think that Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics . . . Our show started out as a political satire, but it now feels more like a sobering documentary.”




5. When Sarah Paulson Apologized to Marcia Clark

Sarah Paulson won “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie” for her role in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. She used the opportunity to apologize for judging the woman she played, prosecutor Marcia Clark, who was also her plus one at the Emmys. “The responsibility of playing a real person is an enormous one,” Paulson explained. “The more I learned about the real Marcia Clark, not the two-dimensional cardboard cutout I saw on the news, but the complicated, whip-smart, giant-hearted mother of two who woke up every day, put both feet on the floor and dedicated herself to righting an unconscionable wrong…the more I had to recognize that I, along with the rest of the world, had been superficial and careless in my judgment.”

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