This beloved actress just won her first Emmy and couldn't believe it -- and people are gushing over her reaction

Aunt Lydia Ann Dowd The Handmaid's Tale episode oneHuluAnn Dowd as Aunt Lydia in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’

The INSIDER Summary:

  • Ann Dowd won the 2017 Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series.
  • She plays Aunt Lydia in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and is also known as Patty Levin in HBO’s “The Leftovers.”
  • Dowd was stunned by her win, and could barely walk up to the stage due to her shock.
  • People loved seeing her win and were touched by her tearful speech.

TV critics and fans were cheering at home when Ann Dowd was surprisingly given the 2017 Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series. Dowd won for her performance as the terrifying Aunt Lydia in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Dowd was up against Millie Bobby Brown for “Stranger Things,” Uzo Aduba for “Orange Is the New Black,” Chrissy Metz for “This Is Us,” Thandie Newton for “Westworld,” and finally her costar Samira Wiley for “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Dowd was visibly shocked by the win, and slowly made her way to the stage. She asked Jeremy Piven, one of the co-presenters to help her up the stage. He offered her an arm, and she came to the microphone with tears in her eyes.

If you missed it, watch the incredible Emmys moment below:

Here’s a transcription of her full speech:

Hello everyone. Well I think this is a dream, you know? I know it’s an actor’s dream, and I’m deeply grateful to you. I’ve been acting for a long time, and that this should happen now … I don’t have the words. So I thank you.

“The Handmaid’s Tale.” Margaret Atwood. Thank you Margaret. Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield — thank you. And Hulu. They’re very lovely Hulu. And MGM. Lizzie, you’re here in the front row I think. I love you, doll. [Elizabeth Moss mouthed “I Love you” back to Dowd.]

My beautiful cast and all who were nominated. I wouldn’t have a career if my manager Marsha McMannis hadn’t been in my life. She gave me a chance when I couldn’t put two sentences together, and that was many years ago. Gary Gershus my agent, he’s very lovely and smart and innovative. I thank you.

My husband is here, and I love him so. He’s Larry Arancio. And my children. I have some beautiful children and their names are Liam, Emily, and Tristan. I love them to pieces. Thank you so very much.

Ann Dowd Surprised Emmy Awards Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesDowd was clearly overwhelmed by her Emmy win.

Fans of Dowd’s were thrilled to see her work recognised at the Emmy Awards. Dowd co-starred in HBO’s drama series “The Leftovers,” which was never awarded with an Emmy award (despite being beloved by many critics). Some chose to see Dowd’s award for “The Handmaid’s Tale” as delayed redemption for her work on “The Leftovers.”

People were also loving the way Dowd pronounced “Hulu” in a soft, sing-songy way.

If you haven’t seen Dowd’s work, watch her in shows such as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and HBO’s “The Leftovers,” and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.” You can also catch her in the critically acclaimed indie movie “Compliance.”

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