Amy Poehler got the party started, walking up on stage as her nomination was announced for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy. The rest of her fellow nominees followed suit, making for a formidable showing of women on stage that drew a standing ovation from the crowd.
The “Parks and Recreation” star told them all that everyone was a winner, but most important winner of them all was Melissa McCarthy, who earned her first Emmy… and flowers and a tiara.
“I’m from Plainfield, Ill., and I’m standing here, and it’s kind of amazing,” McCarthy reflected, crying (and apologizing for doing so). It may be a surprise win, but after her on-stage performance, few could quibble with it.