By Adam S. Levy – Radar Staff Writer
Mike & Molly star Melissa McCarthy perhaps provided the most memorable moment of the night at Sunday’s 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, delivering a heartfelt and emotional speech as she claimed the honors for best lead actress in a comedy.
Her surprising win came with plenty of pageantry — literally — as when presenters Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara began announcing the nominees, Amy Poehler walked onto the stage, spurring the other nominees (Tina Fey, Martha Plimpton, Edie Falco, Laura Linney) to follow her lead.
“And the Emmy goes to … Melissa McCarthy!”
The crowd erupted as the 41-year-old Bridesmaids star, a decided underdog in the category, emerged from the pack to claim the honor for the first time, while the other nominees gave her the full pageant princess treatment, including a bouquet of roses and a tiara top.
A teary McCarthy thanked her husband Ben, her parents and Mike & Molly creator Chuck Lorre, who she said “fought for me.”
“I’m from Plainfield, Illinois,” McCarthy said, “and I’m standing here and it’s kind of amazing.”