Nigerian Actress, Uzo Aduba has won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress, for her role as Susanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the award-winning Netflix television series, Orange is the New Black.
The award follows an upgrade from her guest starring role, for which she won her first Emmy, to a supporting actress.
On receiving the award, Aduba gave an incredibly emotional speech, which was tagged as the night’s best speech. She thanked her fellow cast members and crew of the show, Netflix, show creator Jenji Kohan, and her family.
In thanking her family, she said, “These are people who have helped me read lines for auditions and stayed up late learning the script with me, and my mom has stood for me when I couldn’t stand myself and carried me in time when I was weak. If I could live to be one-tenth of the woman that she has lived to be, I would have lived.”
Aduba has earned a number of awards and recognition for her role as Susanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, including a Critics’ Choice Television Awards nomination for Best Supporting actress, a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.
The 34-year-old was born in Boston, Massachussetts to Nigerian parents. She studied Classical Voice at the Boston University, and began her acting career in 2003.