Emmy Awards - Ayo Edebiri and Jennifer Coolidge take Supporting Actress gongs

Ayo Edebiri scooped the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series Emmy Award, while the Drama prize went to Jennifer Coolidge.

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Ayo Edebiri at the Emmy Awards
Ayo Edebiri at the Emmy Awards

Ayo Edebiri dedicated her Emmy Award win to her parents.

The 28-year-old star scooped the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series accolade on Monday (15.01.24) for her performance as chef Sydney Adamu in 'The Bear' and though she revealed she had made her mom and dad sit "far away" from her inside the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles, she wanted to thank them for all the support they had given her and her career ambitions.

She said: "Hi, OK, I'm so incredibly grateful for this for so many reasons but the main one, this is a show about family and found family and real family and my parents are here tonight.

"I'm making them sit far away from me because I'm a bad kid but I love you guys so much. Thank you for loving me and letting me feel beautiful and black and proud of all of that. I just love you so much.

"Probably not a dream to emigrate to this country and have your child be like 'I wanna do improv' but you're real ones. Thank you so much for this, it means the world."

Ayo took the award ahead of Alex Borstein (‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel'), 'Abbott Elementary' stars Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph, 'Ted Lasso's Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple, and Jessica Williams ('Shrinking').

Meanwhile, Jennifer Coolidge added to her awards haul for 'The White Lotus' with the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series gong and struggled to fit in everything she wanted to say before her time ran out.

She said: "Thank you. I just want to say - I have to put this down, I don't have the strength - I got the hook last year, it comes and takes you away so I'm going to be so fast."

She then offered a possible hint that she may be back as Tanya McQuoid for a third season, despite being killed off in the second.

She said: "Mike White, thank you for giving me this opportunity to play this incredible character and he says I'm definitely dead so I'm going on with it...

"OK I just want to thank all the evil gays clearly, I just..."

As she was then told to end her speech, she added: "One last thing. I had a little dream in my little town and everyone said it was impractical and far-fetched but it did happen so don't give up on your dreams.

The category also saw her co-stars Meghann Fahy, Sabrina Impacciatore, and Aubrey Plaza make the shortlist, as well as 'The Crown's Elizabeth Debicki, 'Better Call Saul' star Rhea Seehorn, and J Smith-Cameron from 'Succession'.

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