Uzo Aduba is an Emmy winner for her breakout role as a prisoner known as "Crazy Eyes" in Netflix's "Orange is the New Black."
The series received two other awards, for casting and picture editing, at the creative arts Emmy ceremony Saturday honoring technical and other achievements.
In an emotional speech, Aduba thanked her mother, who came from Nigeria "to make a better life for her family."
She also thanked producers and others for a show "that lets everyone be represented in such a beautiful way."
Aduba won as best guest actress in a comedy series for her portrayal of Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren, while Jimmy Fallon was honored as best guest comedy actor for NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
On the drama side, guest-acting honors went to Joe Morton for ABC's "Scandal" and Allison Janney for Showtime's "Masters of Sex."
Janney thanked producers, co-stars and writers on the series, then added one more person: "The crew guy who got me a shot of bourbon before my first sex scene was extraordinarily important to me," she said.
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Zach Galifianakis' interview with President Barack Obama last March on the actor-comedian's "Between Two Ferns" show on the Funny or Die website won the Emmy for best short-format, live-action entertainment program.
Awards in other acting, writing and directing categories will be given at the Aug. 25 ceremony airing on NBC. Janney has a shot at another Emmy for her role in the CBS sitcom "Mom."
The biggest awards haul Saturday went to NBC's "Saturday Night Live," with five trophies. Fox's "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey," a 21st-century edition of the 1980s series "Cosmos," earned four. Cable dramas "Game of Thrones" and "True Detective" and PBS' "Sherlock: His Last Vow" also picked up a quartet of honors each.
HBO received a leading 15 creative arts Emmys, followed by NBC with 10; PBS with eight; Fox and Netflix with seven each; CBS with six; and ABC with five.
Other winners at the creative arts Emmys included:
— Host for a reality or reality-competition program: Jane Lynch, "Hollywood Game Night," NBC.
— Voice-over performance: Harry Shearer, "The Simpsons: Four Regrettings and a Funeral," Fox.
— Unstructured reality program: "Deadliest Catch," Discovery Channel.
— Commercial: "Misunderstood," Apple.
— Animated Program: "Bob's Burgers: Mazel Tina," Fox.
— Documentary or nonfiction series (possibility of more than one award): "American Masters," PBS; "Years of Living Dangerously," Showtime.
— Writing for a variety series: "The Colbert Report," Comedy Central.
— Music composition for a series (original dramatic score): "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey: Standing Up in the Milky Way," Fox and NatGeo.
— Music composition for a miniseries, movie or special: "Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)," PBS.
— Choreography: "So You Think You Can Dance," Fox.
— Casting for a drama series: "True Detective," HBO.
— Casting for a miniseries, movie or a special: "Fargo," FX Networks.
— Casting for a comedy series: "Orange is the New Black," Netflix.
— Costumes for a miniseries, movie or a special: "American Horror Story: Coven," FX Networks.
— Costumes for a variety-music program or a special (more than one award possible): "Saturday Night Live, host: Jimmy Fallon," NBC; "So You Think You Can Dance: Episode 1008," Fox.
— Costumes for a series: "Game of Thrones: The Lion And The Rose," HBO.