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Looking Back on Iconic Emmy Acceptance Speeches

The emotion and shock of each Emmy winner is unmatched, but this year's virtual Emmys might be a bit different.

With talk shows and awards shows going virtual this year, the upcoming 72nd Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be completely virtual. The Television Academy has split the categories awarded in the premiere by four in order to avoid technical difficulties. They have also asked that every nominee pre-record and send in a clip accepting their award if they win. These videos can only be recorded at a 30 second maximum. This year's awards show will be very different, as winners might not have that same sense of shock that has been caught in the past 71 Emmy Awards shows.

Here are some of the most iconic and emotional Emmy acceptance speeches of the past.

Jon Hamm, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series, 2015

Jon Hamm climbs on stage to collect the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his role of Don Draper in Mad Men. After being nominated 15 times in a row before this, he finally wins.

Kristin Chenoweth, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series, 2009

In 2009, a shocked and emotional Kristin Chenoweth goes on stage to receive her Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In her high-pitched choked up voice, she accepts the award and reads that she is told to wrap up her speech.

Ricky Gervais, Lead Comedy Actor, 2007

Ricky Gervais received an Emmy for Lead Comedy Actor in 2007 at the 59th Emmy Awards but was not present so Steve Carell got it for him. At the following year's Emmy Awards, Gervais wanted to try to get Carell to give it back.

Uzo Aduba, Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series, 2014

Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba receives her first Emmy in 2014 and in an emotional speech, she thanks her co-workers and her family. Aduba is clearly taken by surprise as tears roll down her face.

Camryn Manheim, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series, 1998

In 1998, The Practice actress Camryn Manheim wins the Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. After giving out her thanks, she ends her speech with "This is for all the fat girls!" as she holds up her award.

The 72nd Emmy Awards will be virtually hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will premiere on September 20th, 8:00 PM EDT.

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