PETER KRAUSE: Our cast keeps growing every year. I think I can safely speak for the rest of the cast when I say that as a group we always find it a lot more interesting what happens between two people rather than what one person is doing. And this is the only occasion that an ensemble gets to be awarded in the award arena, so I think we’re all very happy to be standing up here together, as happy as we are to be working with each other.
I’d like to thank HBO, a terrific team of writers led by Alan Ball and… 20 seconds. Anything else anybody wants to say in the next 20 seconds? [laughter] It’s a terrific group of people to work with and we all couldn’t be happier. Thank you very much. [applause]
KRISTIN DAVIS: Omigod! I’m the designated speaker, so bear with me. Hold on… You know, you guys have been unbelievably generous to us during the course of our show. And it means so much to all of us, and to Sarah Jessica, that you have embraced us, and that so many of you have come to act with us. We’ve had more good-looking men on our show—
KIM CATTRALL: And more fun.
DAVIS: Absolutely. So we want to thank you. It’s meant more than I think any of us have found a good way to express. We want to thank HBO for being brave and letting us do some strange things. And we want to thank Sarah Jessica, and Michael Patrick, and all of our wonderful writers. And all of our background players who had to look like they were having the most fun at a nightclub ever, in New York City, ever. So we will all miss you so much. And thank you again.
I am stunned. I got to walk by one of the guys who got me started, Mr. Sean Penn. Thank you. [applause] I want to make this about actors because that’s what this evening is about, but I have to thank our writers, because without them we couldn’t do this.
To Joel, Bob, Michael, Howard, all of the writers on “24,” you have given us so much pleasure to deliver the scenes, and your work. Very quickly, I realized I wanted to be an actor, I was about 14, I was watching a performance of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and somewhere between the first and second act, I forgot my mother was playing Martha and… [laughter] I realized how powerful that was. As my interest grew, I started to spend time with her friends, other actors, and I realized that as different as they all were, they were connected by a bond.
And there was a freedom in that bond and they became my family and as my career has developed, actors have been my family, and to get this from you, I cannot thank you enough.
I was nominated with some other incredible women in this category. And they called my name, so I thank you. And I’ve seen people here that I’ve known for years. Meryl Streep was gracious enough to come up and say hello to me this year. So many people because this is a family, and we’ve worked with one another in many capacities and many jobs that we’ve always felt fortunate to get. And we’ve either been in Actors Equity or AFTRA or SAG, and they’ve protected us. And that’s an important thing.
And I love the show that I’m on. Peter Krause, Michael Hall, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths, Jamie Cromwell, Matthew St. Patrick, Freddie Rodriguez. Shoot me if I’ve forgotten anybody. But I love everybody on the show and Alan Ball and Alan. And everybody at HBO are very loving and nurturing. I’m deeply honored.
Thank you so much, I am so deeply unprepared. [laughter] I’m so thankful, so proud to be an actor. It is my fondest wish that all of you, all of the actors here tonight, and watching at home, have the opportunity to work with a team of people that I work with. I want to thank our executive producer and co-creator, David Hoberman for two things. First for coming up with the idea for this character, and second, for recruiting the perfect writer to bring this character and all the characters to life, Andy Breckman. Thanks to Andy and his whole team of writers.
And I want to thank my manager and dear friend Mary Goldberg who’s here tonight. For her faith and guidance for persuading me to do this part. And Jeff Wachtel at USA for working his magic, to make that this show saw the light of day in the first place.
Also to our show runner, Randy Zisk, and our supervising producer, Fern Field, who inspires all of us with her work ethic, which basically centers around the idea that it’s never good enough. Thank you, Fern, we couldn’t do this without you. To the cast and crew, my beautiful family, and all of you, I thank you. [applause]
MEGAN MULLALLY: Okay, well I brought Mother Nature with me. Because I couldn’t do the show without Debra and Sean and Eric, they are so amazing. And Debra is so deserving, she’s just a great actress, I hope you all get a chance to work with her some day, it’s a real treat. Other than that, I am absolutely stunned to be standing here, that’s why I brought Debra, so I thought may she could say something about me. [laughter] ‘Cause I got nothin’.
DEBRA MESSING: She’s really, really funny.
MULLALLY: How ‘bout that. But my dad was an actor and I struggled for almost 20 years before I got “Will & Grace,” and the greatest thing about it is to be able to have a forum to express yourself creatively. I feel so lucky, and I cannot believe that I have been recognized now, three times, by you. And the people out there watching, who aren’t here tonight, all the actors, it is so moving to me. We love our show and Debra, I love you, and Eric and Sean, and we have a good thing. Thank you so much. [applause]
Outstanding Performance by a
Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Cast of Doris Roberts
Everybody Loves Raymond
Transcript of Doris Roberts
Everybody Loves Raymond
Thank you. Thank you. I can’t believe Jeffrey and Justin, and all the wonderful nominees here, I thank you. This is all new actors, I know it means so much to get any part, you know, and especially a great part. These are one of the things we live for, is that opportunity. And here it is with Roy Cohn, I had this great part. Tony wrote this magnificent character, and it was a privilege to be involved with such an amazing piece of work as “Angels in America.” And I owe a great debt to Mike Nichols for casting me, and for helping me. I want to thank him, and I want to thank the wonderful cast and crew of “Angels in America.”
And I want to thank you actors of the Screen Actors Guild members for honoring me with this. I wish you all luck, I hope you all can get a part that you really love it’s really great. I thank you all. Thank you. [applause]
Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you. I’d like to thank Carrie Carrie, Colin and Chris, and all at HBO, for raising the bar for humanity on what we’re allowed to show. Uncomfortable truths, homosexual youth, middle-aged heterosexual glory, Al Pacino’s face, Emma Thompson’s grace, Tony Kushner’s incomparable story. Forgiving Mike Nichols, a truckload of shekels to bring this sweet tale to the masses. Of rose-lipped maidens and light-foot lads, and how quickly all of it passes.
If anyone’s biting his cuticles, ow… lest I say anything political now, I’m only an actor, this isn’t the factor. God forbid I should seen hypercritical, but it is a fact, I’ve been lucky to act with gratitude and joy, in this story of love that shone down from above on the life of a dying boy.
Thank you, Tony, for writing this beautiful piece, “Angels in America.” And thank you actors, friends, many of whom I’ve worked with, all of whom I’ve very grateful for this wonderful statuette… and honor. Thank you very much. [applause]