Patton Oswalt took home the Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety special less than five months after his wife, Michelle McNamara, died

By Char Adams
September 18, 2016 10:25 PM
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Patton Oswalt took home the Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety special and touchingly referred to his late wife, Michelle McNamara, as he accepted the award.

“I want to share this with two people: One of them is my daughter, Alice, waiting at home. The other one is waiting somewhere else – I hope,” he said.

The win comes less than five months after McNamara suddenly died in her sleep at the age of 46.

Oswalt won the Emmy for his work on Talking for Clapping – an award the 47-year-old said he didn’t think he’d snag.

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“I didn’t prepare a speech, I didn’t think I was gonna win. I’m not kidding,” Oswalt said. “Everyone in my category are people that I’m a fan of, and the only reason I did anything that was good enough to get nominated was because I have peers … that makes me work harder at what I do.”

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Later, Oswalt told reporters in the Emmys press room, “Every bit of growth that I’ve had in my career came because I met Michelle McNamara, because I met and married this woman who was so much wiser and self-actualized and aware than I was.”

“I am lucky to have had that in my life,” he said. “To have that ripped out of my life this year, everything feels like the lights have been down 50 percent since she’s gone. It’s going to be a long, long time to be the person that she made me into again.”

Oswalt also spoke out about his wife’s death in a moving Facebook post last month.

“Michelle McNamara got yanked off the planet and out of life 102 days ago,” he wrote. “She left Alice, her 7 year-old daughter. But not before putting the best parts of her into Alice, like beautiful music burned onto a CD and sent out into the void on a spaceship. And she left me.”