A Career-Defining Win
Niecy Nash-Betts took home the 2022 Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for her acclaimed performance in “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.”
Overcome with emotion, a tearful Nash-Betts first thanked creator Ryan Murphy “for seeing me,” co-star Evan Peters, Netflix, and the voters. She then made a powerful statement, thanking herself for believing in her ability when others did not.
“I want to thank me, for believing in me and doing what they said I could not do,” Nash-Betts declared passionately. “I want to say to myself in front of all you beautiful people, ‘Go, girl, with your bad self. You did that.’”
Accepting Award for Silenced Black Women
Nash-Betts concluded her speech by accepting the award on behalf of marginalized Black women who have not received justice, name-checking Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor and Glenda Cleveland, who tried alerting authorities to Jeffrey Dahmer.
“Finally, I accept this award on behalf of every Black and Brown woman who have gone unheard, yet overpoliced, like Glenda Cleveland, like Sandra Bland, like Breonna Taylor!” proclaimed an impassioned Nash-Betts as the audience rose to their feet.
Vows to Continue Truth-Telling
Speaking backstage later, Nash-Betts credited her faith and perseverance for this career milestone that has made her feel fully seen as an artist. She vowed to continue truth-telling through her art, stating proudly: “I’m going to do it until the day I die.”
With her rousing Emmy speech, Niecy Nash-Betts not only engraved her name on Hollywood history but sparked a standing ovation for her promise to lift up silenced voices. Nash-Betts is determined to leverage her platform for change through the power of storytelling.