Eddie Finally Wins First Emmy!
Even though one of our time’s most beloved and prolific artists, the shelves of Eddie Murphy are lighter than you would imagine when it comes to awards from the major prize-giving organizations. But now he’s got his first Primetime Emmy, 40 years since his initial appearance on Saturday Night Live.
According to Citizens, the Creative Arts Emmys honor artistic and technological contributions across a number of television genres. The virtual ceremony was divided into five different nights.
The 72nd Emmy Primetime Awards air live from 8-11 p.m. EDT on ABC and Jimmy Kimmel will host it.
On Saturday, Murphy was not present to receive the award. His acceptance speech was tweeted by the Television Academy.
Says Murphy below, “Thank you to everybody at the Emmys. Thank you so much for giving me an Emmy. I don’t have an Emmy. This is 40 years since I started Saturday Night Live, this is my first Emmy, so thank you so much. I want to thank Lorne Michaels for putting this whole thing together, and making this happen. And I want to thank, the cast, the writers and the crew at SNL. This was a very, very special thing for me to come back and have the show turn out the way it did. I’m still floating from it. And thank you to everybody for giving me an Emmy.”
Last December, Murphy made his first appearance on SNL in 35 years. He was launched by the NBC latenight sketch series when he was a young stand-up in The Nutty Professor’s blockbuster star and Beverly Hills Cop and Oscar nominated Dreamgirls’ supporting actor.
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For his work on “SNL” in 1983, Entertainment Weekly reported, Murphy received his first Emmy nomination in 1983 for best supporting actor in a comedy.
The Emmy win on Saturday was his first in 1983 after a nomination in the same category, two in 1984, one for writing on SNL and one for individual success, and one for The PJs animated series in 1999.
“It’s so special because it was 36 years to the day since I was on the show,” Murphy told reporters in a video call. “For it to turn out the way it turned out and this on top of it … It’s just really really special.”