At past Emmys, we've seen unscripted moments from actors and actresses who use their time at the podium to share touching, hilarious, and sometimes outrageous acceptance speeches. Who could forget Meryl Streep's surprising, sarcastic moment of bragging? Or Jennifer Aniston's charming, humble words after she was first recognized for her role on Friends? Along with those A-list ladies, funny guys like Andy Samberg and Ricky Gervais have also made the most of their time on stage with hilarious bits at the mic. Take a trip down Emmys memory lane with these standout speeches from the past:
Meryl Streep, 2004
When Meryl Streep won the Emmy for lead actress in a miniseries or movie with Angels in America, she took the opportunity to gloat a bit and give shout-outs to her fellow nominees. It's Meryl at her most charming: "You know, there are some days when I myself think I'm overrated . . . but not today. I'm sorry, I know Glenn is my friend, she'll forgive me. And Helen Mirren is an acting god. Nobody has put a performance on film better than Judy Davis in The Judy Garland Story. And the only one of the group is Emma Thompson who will hold a grudge for the rest of her life. But who cares? I don't care."
Melissa McCarthy, 2011
In a perfect live-TV moment, all six nominees in the category for lead actress in a comedy stepped up to the stage when their names were called. They received a standing ovation before Melissa even won — and, in true pageant fashion, was crowned for her leading role in Mike & Molly.
The Lonely Island, 2007
The Lonely Island won the Emmy for outstanding original music and lyrics with "Dick in a Box," and Andy Samberg nailed it with his sarcastic acceptance speech. "[What] we were thinking was, 'Hey, here's this young, up-and-comer Justin Timberlake, who's clearly very talented and could really use a break," he said. "Why not throw him a digital-short bone?"
Jennifer Aniston, 2002
When Jennifer Aniston won her first Emmy for her role as Rachel on Friends, she did her usual mix of charm and humor with a speech that gave sweet shout-outs to the rest of the cast, the crew — including the catering service — and her then-husband, Brad Pitt.
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Ricky Gervais, 2008
Ricky Gervais went head to head with Steve Carell to accept — as in, take back — his Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series (Extras) a year after Steve "stole" it.
Sarah Jessica Parker, 2004
After five nominations, Sarah Jessica Parker won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy for Sex and the City and just couldn't have been sweeter (or more like Carrie Bradshaw) in her acceptance speech. "This is great punctuation for the end of a long sentence — I mean a really good sentence, and really well worth the wait, and a glorious finish to what was the journey of a lifetime." Cue a big smile from Matthew Broderick and Kristin Davis's adorable tears!
Aaron Paul, 2010
It's always fun to see someone win their first Emmy, and when Aaron Paul won best supporting actor for Breaking Bad for the first time in 2010, he was genuinely, openly excited — and his costar Bryan Cranston was visibly emotional.
Sally Field, 2007
After winning lead actress in a drama series for Brothers & Sisters, Sally Field took the opportunity to speak out for army moms. "At the heart of Nora Walker, she is a mother," Sally said, "so surely this belongs to all the mothers of the world . . . especially the mothers who stand with an open heart and wait, wait for their children to come home from danger, from harm's way, and from war. I am proud to be one of those women — and let's face it, if the mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamn wars in the first place."
And, just for fun, an unforgettable presenting moment at the Emmys:
Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, 2007
Presenting the Emmy for best reality TV program, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart — of course — turned it into a hilarious bit. And Stephen revealed that he was not happy about losing to Barry Manilow.