Critics Choice Awards: Fans hail Melanie Lynskey's Best Actress win for 'Yellowjackets'
Actress Melanie Lynskey received the surprise of a lifetime when her name was announced as the winner in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category for her role in the Showtime series ‘Yellowjackets’. The win came as a surprise to many, but everyone who has seen her work on the show feels that she definitely deserved the trophy.
The 44-year-old star faced stiff competition from her competitors. It edged past fellow nominees like Uzo Aduba (‘In Treatment’), MJ Rodriguez (‘Pose’), Chiara Aurelia (‘Cruel Summer’), Christine Baranski (‘The Good Fight’), and Katja Herbers (‘Evil’) to win the trophy.
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While accepting the award, Lynskey admitted that she did not have a speech ready for this moment and “wasn’t expecting” to come out on top. The actress also thanked her cast for being the “most talented group of people” she has ever had the opportunity to work with. She added, “Sophie Nélisse, you did about 70 percent of the work for me playing young Shawna. You're a miracle and I love you. You're all amazing. All my wonderful friends who I got to work alongside, thank you.”
She also thanked his husband and actor Jason Ritter for being the “greatest support”. But the most extraordinary moment came when she thanked her nanny, Sally, for being an “absolute angel”. Lynskey said, “The most important person I think I have to thank before I finish is my nanny, Sally. I love her. She's with my child and my child is safe and taken care of and she allows me to go and do my work. Thank you, Sally. I love you so much.”
Fans were really happy with Lynskey’s win and flooded social media with amazing messages. Many people said that she has been “under-rated” her whole career and she thoroughly deserves this recognition. One of the fans wrote, “Actually so emotional at the Melanie Lynskey recognition right now because this woman has been such a force her whole career, and to see her get a critics choice award makes me so fucking happy. Like, I know you’re not supposed to idolize celebrities but ill idolize her until the end of time.”
actually so emotional at the melanie lynskey recognition rn bc this woman has been such a force her whole career and to see her get a critics choice award makes me so fucking happy. like I know ur not supposed to idolize celebrities but ill idolize her until the end of time— jude (@rizzotheerat) March 14, 2022
Another fan wrote, “Melanie Lynskey finally getting her due makes me so happy. She's always been underrated and she seems to be such a genuinely nice person. I hope the Emmys are next. Go watch Yellowjackets!”
Melanie Lynskey finally getting her due makes me so happy. She's always been underrated and she seems to be such a genuinely nice person. I hope the Emmys are next. Go watch Yellowjackets! #CriticsChoiceAwards https://t.co/fCNJcC5Vd9— Ronaldo Trancoso Jr (@ronaldotrancoso) March 14, 2022
“Melanie Lynskey put everything she had into Shauna. Shauna’s character is so complex and dark. I’m really not sure anyone else could’ve brought what Melanie did and truly brought her to life. Such a deserved win,” said another fan. “I'm so happy for Melanie Lynskey and her #Yellowjackets win. She's a wonderful actor and really deserved this recognition,” said another fan.
melanie lynskey put everything she had into shauna. shauna’s character is so complex and dark, i’m really not sure anyone else could’ve brought what melanie did and truly brought her to life. such a deserved win #CriticsChoice pic.twitter.com/pL48bN1voV— bre 🐝 (@aantlerqueen) March 14, 2022
I'm soooo happy for Melanie Lynskey and her #YellowJackets win. She's a wonderful actor and really deserved this recognition. #CriticsChoiceAwards pic.twitter.com/XXFvENIckY— Rebecca Murray 🇺🇦🌻🇺🇸 (@becmur) March 14, 2022
Meanwhile, another social media user said a holiday should be announced in New Zealand to celebrate her win. She wrote, “I propose a new public holiday in New Zealand to celebrate Melanie Lynskey and Jane Campion winning Critics Choice Awards.”
I propose a new public holiday in New Zealand to celebrate Melanie Lynskey and Jane Campion winning Critics Choice Awards.— Daisy Hudson (@daisy_hudson) March 14, 2022
Another fan shared, “Screaming, crying, throwing up. Melanie Lynskey finally getting the praise and recognition she rightfully deserves is going to get me through this year for real.”
screaming crying throwing up melanie lynskey finally getting the praise and recognition she rightfully deserves is going to get me through this year for real— bethany 🎟 (@savesthecat) March 14, 2022
This was Lynskey’s second Critics Choice nomination. In 2015, she was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category for her role in the comedy-drama series ‘Togetherness’.