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McKinnon was up against five other actors for the 2016 trophy

By Aurelie Corinthios and Karen Mizoguchi
Updated September 18, 2016 08:40 PM
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Kate McKinnon has reason to celebrate: the star took home the 2016 Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her work on Saturday Night Live Sunday.

Kristen Bell and Joel McHale presented this year’s award, and McKinnon accepted her first win after four nominations.

“I’m really crying, I’m not making that up,” McKinnon began her speech holding back tears. “Thank you to the academy so much. This is really crazy! Thank you to Lorne Michaels for giving me the job of my life and to the amazing crew on SNL. I’m shaking guys! Thank you especially Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider. Thank you Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton. On a personal note, thank you my father who is not with us anymore but he made me start watching SNL when I was 12. I miss you pop.”

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The winner’s SNL and Ghostbusters costar Leslie Jones congratulated McKinnon on Twitter writing, “I’M SCREAMING CRYING MY BITCH MY BITCH SHE WON YALL!!”

McKinnon claimed victory in a tough race against fellow nominees Allison Janney of Mom, Anna Chlumsky of Veep, Niecy Nash of Getting On, Gaby Hoffman of Transparent and Judith Light of Transparent.

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, are airing live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.