Maya Rudolph gets historic Emmys win with back-to-back awards

Maya Rudolph will be laughing all through awards season.

The “Saturday Night Live” alum, 49, made history on Sunday at the Creative Arts Emmys when she won two awards in the same categories she won in last year — and became the third black woman to win two years in a row.

The funnywoman earned a Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series statuette for her “SNL” appearances this past season, and was named Best Character Voice-Over for her work on the animated comedy “Big Mouth.”

“Wow, that’s amazing. I feel honored to be part of something like that,” Rudolph told reporters, according to Deadline. “I feel like this Emmy is very fitting, in that it’s for something that feels like such a personal achievement … I feel really honored that I’m part of a legacy as the third woman of color to achieve that.”

“This one feels particularly sweet and like an enormous personal achievement just because ‘Saturday Night Live’ is genuinely something that I dreamt up since I was a kid and loved as a kid and watched my parents watching growing up, and then it became a part of my life,” said Rudolph, who was an “SNL” cast member from 2000 to 2007 and has been making cameos as, among other characters, Vice President Kamala Harris on the show of late.

Rudolph accepted the 2020 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for "Saturday Night Live" via Zoom.
Rudolph accepted, over videoconference, the 2020 Emmy for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Kamala Harris on “Saturday Night Live.” She won the same award on Sunday at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys for hosting the sketch show.

The “Bridesmaids” star added of the long-running sketch show: “It holds such a special place in my heart, and it’s the first place where I really found my people in work and created a work family. And I feel really proud that [the award is] for something that I love so much. It’s just wild to love something and then be recognized for it. That’s even better than you imagine, because I think that when you love something so much, that is the reward. So, it’s nice when people recognize something that you’re already happy about.”

She won in the same category last year for her portrayal of Harris, and this year was recognized for her hosting duties, on an episode that included Rudolph playing Beyoncé eating spicy wings.

“American Crime” star Regina King and “Orange Is the New Black” actress Uzo Aduba are the two other black women to score Emmys for their work two years in a row. King won in 2015 and 2016, while Aduba won in 2014 and 2015.


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