Sarah Snook’s awards season gamble paid off. The Succession star — who jumped from Supporting to Lead Actress this year — won her first Emmy at Tuesday’s ceremony. The Australian actress was honored for her breathtaking work in the HBO drama’s fourth and final season.
Snook prevailed ver fellow nominees Sharon Horgan (Bad Sisters), Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Bella Ramsey (The Last of Us) and Keri Russell (The Diplomat).
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In her acceptance speech, Snook thanked her newborn daughter, with whom she was pregnant while shooting the final season.
“I carried her with me this last season, and, really, it was her who carried me,” Snook said from the stage. “It’s very easy to act when you’re pregnant because you’ve got hormones raging. It was more the proximity of her life growing inside me that gave me the strength to do this and this performance. I love you so much, and it’s all for you from here on out.”
Last month, TVLine named Snook its “Performer of the Year” for going “above and beyond” in the series’ final episodes and “deepening our understanding of her character Shiv Roy in a myriad of ways.”
Snook’s victory comes roughly seven months after Succession aired its series finale (read recap here).
“It’s hard to express what this show has meant to me,” Snook shared on social media post-finale. “The places I got to go, the immense talent I got to work with… it breaks my heart that it is all over. But my heart had to be this full of all the memories, good times, challenges and triumphs, to be able to break at all… so that makes me grateful.
“To have been blessed to join this crazy adventure of a show will be a career highlight, which will no doubt be hard to top,” she continued. “I am so, so proud and humbled by everyone’s hard work season after season: we all set the bar high for each other, then exceeded it and excelled, in every department.”
Monday’s Anthony Anderson-hosted Emmy telecast on Fox — which was originally set to air in September — was delayed due to Hollywood’s now-resolved strikes.
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