Emmys 2018: Henry Winkler celebrates his first win with an acceptance speech he wrote "43 years ago"
After being nominated several times, the 72-year-old veteran has finally bagged the award which he has always deserved.
The Emmys never cease to surprise. This year, at the 70th Emmys Henry Winkler has finally received probably his most awaited award. The actor, best known for his iconic role as The Fonz on 'Happy Days', was awarded the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Gene Cousineau, Barry Berkman’s (Bill Hader) acting coach, on the HBO comedy 'Barry'.
While accepting the due honor, Winkler ensured that he let his fans know how much the Emmys meant to him. “Oh my God, oh my God,” the HBO actor exclaimed as he took to the stage, only to leave the audience in splits as he insisted how he wrote his speech "43 years ago". In his acceptance speech, he said: "I only have 37 seconds. I wrote this 43 years ago. Can I just say Skip Brittenham said to me a long time ago, if you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you and tonight I got to clear the table."
While we know that most award ceremonies have the tendency to delay in handing out the award to the best candidate (remember Leonardo Di Caprio only received his Oscar bask in 2016), Winkler got his Emmy after almost four decades. The actor has been nominated almost six times, including three nominations which came during his days as the memorable Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli, on 'Happy Days'. He was once again nominated in 1979 for his narration on the documentary 'Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?'. Prior to being nominated for his role as 'Barry', the actor was also nominated in 2000 for a guest role on 'The Practice'.
Regarding his role in 'Barry', the 72-year-old veteran had told ET that the moment he read the script, he knew it was something special. "I auditioned. I read the script. I knew, I'm reading something wonderful here. I've read a lot of scripts over the years for pilots. For men my age, it's usually, "Oh, hold on a minute." [He mimes covering the receiver of a phone.] "Turn in your badge. Take a few days off." And look what I got to do." However, this win surely didn't come easy as the actor had some pretty marvelous competitors to defeat such as Tony Shalhoub who was nominated from 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel', Brian Tyree Henry ('Atlanta') and Kenan Thompson ('Saturday Night Live').
If you have not seen Barry on HBO, watch it! You will see why Henry Winkler won an Emmy. And if you have not seen The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, don’t miss it. And see why Tony Shalhoub should have been a co-winner.— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) September 18, 2018
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, co-hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che, were handed out live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, September 17, on NBC.