Niecy Nash-Betts finally wins her Emmy for 'Dahmer' - delivers one of the most compelling speeches ever

Niecy Nash-Betts was finally recognized with an Emmy and delivered a standout speech during the awards night.

Upon being announced as the winner of Best Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series for her role in Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Monday, the 53-year-old moved the audience by dedicating her speech to "every Black and brown woman who has gone unheard yet over-policed."

"I'm a winner, baby! Gratitude to the most high for this divine moment," she began her speech. "Special thanks to Ryan Murphy for recognizing me. Evan Peters, I love you. Netflix. Every individual who cast their vote for me, thank you. My better half, who uplifted me when I was emotionally drained from this work. Thank you."

The actress then acknowledged her own resilience in her work, saying, "I want to express my gratitude to myself. For believing in me and defying what they claimed I couldn't do. In front of all you beautiful people, I want to tell myself, go, girl, with your bad self. You achieved that."
In a poignant statement, she concluded by expressing that she accepted the award "representing every Black and Brown woman whose voices have been ignored but experiences over-policing, such as Glenda Cleveland [whom Nash-Betts portrayed in Dahmer], Sandra Bland, and Breonna Taylor. As an artist, my responsibility is to speak truth to power, and I intend to do so until my last breath."

Before exiting the stage, the actress also joyfully called out to her mother, who was in the audience, exclaiming, "Mama, I did it! I won!"

Have a look at the moment below:

Hundreds of fans took to Twitter, better known now as X, to rave about the actress's win.

"SPEECH OF THE NIGHT. And will be one of my fave speeches EVER, NIECY F****** NASH BETTS!!!!!!" wrote one user while another added: "I need Niecy Nash-Betts acceptance speech read to me every single morning!!!!"

Others also stated that she deserved another Emmy for her Emmy speech - we agree!
Backstage, Nash-Betts delved further into the importance of her speech especially when it comes to knowing your own worth.

"I’m the only one who knows what it cost me. I’m the only one who knows how many nights I cried because I couldn’t be seen for a certain type of role. I’m the one who knows what it was like to go through divorce on camera and still have to pull up and show out, and you have children and a whole life," she said.

She continued: "I’m proud of myself, I’m proud that I did something people said I could not do because I believed in me. And sometimes people don’t believe in themselves, and I hope my speech was a delicious invitation for people to do just that.

"Believe in yourself and congratulate yourself. Sometimes you’ve got to encourage what? Yourself. And that’s why it’s not called mama-esteem, them-esteem, us-esteem, it’s called self-esteem because nobody got to believe it but you," she added, drawing another roaring round of applause from the room.
The win marked Nash-Betts' first-ever Primetime Emmy win after earning five nominations at the award show throughout her career.

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