The Screen Actors Guild acknowledged Uzo Aduba, Edie Falco, Ellie Kemper, Julia-Louis Dreyfus and Amy Poehler for their outstanding performances over the past year

By Lanford Beard and Ana Calderone
Updated January 30, 2016 08:25 PM

The Screen Actors Guild weren’t kidding when they honored Uzo Aduba on Saturday night.

The Orange Is the New Black star scored the 2016 SAG Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series, which was presented by Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig.

Aduba, 34, first thanked the show’s creator Jenji Kohan “for creating a show like this and putting it on television and making a show that reflects and represents so many people.”

After thanking her friends, family and cast, Aduba used her speech to inspire other actors.

“I would like to take an opportunity to acknowledge the actors who are at home, not here in this room with us,” she said, “but hoping to one day be in this room with us to continue to keep trying, to keep plugging, to keep working no matter if anybody tells you to get out of that line you’re waiting in – stay in line, you have the chance, it is yours.”

Aduba found herself vying for the SAG Awards statuette on Saturday night against Edie Falco of Nurse Jackie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Ellie Kemper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus from Veep and Parks and Recreation‘s Amy Poehler.

The 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented live on TNT and TBS.