Niecy Nash delivered a moving speech at the 75th Emmys, highlighting how she believed in herself when nobody else did.
Niecy Nash was recently given the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for her portrayal of Glenda Cleveland in "Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story." Her speech at the function has since gone viral for being inspiring on multiple levels. X user @keithboykin shared a small snippet of her speech on the social media site. The post has got 164.4K views and 4.7K likes so far. In the clip, Nash begins by thanking a few people in the industry who helped her act in the show that got her the prize.
She then states that she wanted to thank herself, which got the audience laughing and applauding her for her powerful statement. She explains, "For believing in me and doing what they said I could not do." Nash continues, "And I wanna say to myself in front of all you beautiful people, go on girl with your bad self!" The actress further added that she accepted this award on behalf of all black and brown women who have been "unheard yet overpoliced." She proceeds to give out a few names of these women for whom she wanted to express support.
Niecy Nash-Betts: “I accept this award on behalf of every Black and brown woman who has gone unheard yet over policed, like Glenda Cleveland, like Sandra Bland, like Breonna Taylor.” #Emmys #Emmys2024 pic.twitter.com/LyLG2SgEtf— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 16, 2024
Nash stated that her job as an artist was to be true to the power and that she would do so till she died. She looks out to her mother in the audience and exclaims, "Mama, I won!" People on the platform absolutely loved the actress's speech and shared their thoughts about it in the comments section. @blkchub35 said, "Such a wonderful speech. I loved her character in the "Jeffrey Dahmer Story." She did that!!!" @nkpnyc commented, "She looks so good! Her words, so moving!"
Another actor who delivered a highly motivational and inspiring speech is Brendan Frasier, who was given the best actor award for his performance in "The Whale" at the 2023 Critics Choice Awards. Frasier delivered an emotional speech, his eyes brimming with tears, that deeply resonated with everybody listening to it. He started by thanking the Critic's Choice Association. He said, "It was Herman Melville who once wrote that 'there are only five critics in America. The rest are asleep.' I'm so glad you woke up for me. I was in the wilderness and I probably should have left a trail of breadcrumbs, but you found me. And like all the best directors, you merely just showed me where to go to get to where I needed to be," as per The Hollywood Reporter.
He joked about a previous movie of his that got everyone laughing. Frasier continued, "This movie, 'The Whale,' is about love. It's about redemption. It's about … finding the light in a dark place. And I'm so lucky to have worked with an ensemble that is incredible and includes Hong Chau, who should have her own movie based on every character she has ever played." He went on to complement Sadie Sink, Ty Simpkins and Sam Hunter.
In "The Whale," Frasier portrays Charlie, a 600-pound teacher who is making efforts to reconcile with his estranged adolescent daughter, Ellie (Sink), so he can have one last chance at forgiveness in his life. He concluded by saying, "If you, like a guy like Charlie, who I played in this movie, in any way struggle with obesity or you just feel like you're in a dark sea, I want you to know that if you too can have the strength to just get to your feet and go to the light, good things will happen."